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Agassi Ousted for Obscenities

February 11, 1999

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Andre Agassi, leading by a set and seemingly on his way to an easy victory over an unheralded opponent, was defaulted from the Sybase Open on Wednesday night for a series of ``audible obscenities.″

Agassi, a four-time champion and the second seed in the tournament this year, won the first set 6-0 over qualifier Cecil Mamiit. In a second-set tiebreaker, trailing four points to none, Agassi apparently began cursing at a linesman.

The linesman went to chair umpire Steve Ulrich to report Agassi’s comment, and Agassi was warned. As the linesman returned to his chair, Agassi apparently made another comment _ for which he was penalized a point.

Agassi apparently made yet another comment as the linesman returned to his chair and ATP tour supervisor Tom Barnes was called to the court. He conferred with Ulrich, who defaulted Agassi and awarded the second-round match to Mamiit.

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