Dan Goldie of McLean was the last of four seeds to fall in the opening round of the Sovran Bank/D.C. National Tennis Classic yesterday at Rock Creek Tennis Center.

Goldie, seeded ninth, lost to Blaine Willenborg of Miami Shores, Fla., 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4, in the final match of the evening.

Goldie was coming off a victory in the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, R.I., earlier this month, his first tournament title.

"I couldn't serve all day. I was very tight," Goldie said. "There's definitely more pressure playing here. I like to play here and I like to do well here. But there's more pressure because people expect me to do well. Just look at the rankings sheet and I think it's obvious why -- I'm the highest-ranked person to come out of {this area}."

"When you play Dan, he dictates play. He either hits a winner or he hits the ball long," Willenborg said. By hitting high balls, Willenborg said, he was able to keep Goldie from putting pace on his groundstrokes.

The three other seeded players who played yesterday also were upset.

Tenth-seeded Andre Agassi and 15th-seeded Johan Carlsson fell in afternoon matches, and 16th-seeded Peter Fleming was beaten in the evening session.

Agassi lost to West Germany's Patrick Kuhnen, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, on the stadium court. David Wheaton, 17, of Minneapolis, a wild-card entry and second-ranked in the 18-and-unders, beat Carlsson, 6-1, 6-3. Ross, ranked 307th in the world, rallied to beat Fleming, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Willenborg, ranked 139th in the world, scored the last six points of the first-set tie breaker after being down, 4-1. Willenborg hit a backhand return of serve that fell in behind Goldie to make it 6-4 in the tie breaker and a whistling backhand past Goldie for the set.

"I thought I was out of the tie breaker," Willenborg said. "Tie breakers are weird. I really didn't think I played any bad points {when down 4-1}. Getting to 4-2 and 4-3 on his serve, those were big."

Goldie came back, breaking Willenborg in game 10 for the only service break of the second set.

In the final set, Willenborg opened with a break when Goldie double-faulted twice. "I thought he had a lapse, which is normal, because you fight so hard to get the break {in the second set}," Willenborg said.

Both held their serves at love in games two and three.

Goldie reached 30-all in game four but his backhand hit the net and Willenborg held for 3-1. He took Goldie to deuce in game five before hitting a forehand out and mis-hitting a deep second serve by Goldie for 3-2.

Willenborg held at love for 4-2. Goldie held at love for 4-3, with three service winners and an ace. Goldie got up, 0-30, in game eight, but Willenborg hit a second-serve winner, Goldie netted a backhand, hit a forehand long off a service winner and hit a backhand long for 5-3.

Goldie held serve to pull to 5-4 and put Willenborg in another 0-30 hole in the next game. But Willenborg pulled back to 30-30. Then a backhand slice approach by Willenborg forced Goldie into hitting a long forehand for match point.

Goldie then hit a backhand long to end the match.

History will record that Jimmy Brown and Simon Youl kicked off the tournament at noon in the close-to-100 degree heat. Youl won, 6-7 (11-9), 6-4, 7-5.

In other first-round matches, Michael Kures beat Christian Saceanu of West Germany, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Kelly Jones beat Peter Moraing 6-2, 6-3; Michael Westphal beat Peter Lundgren, 7-5, 6-1; Chip Hooper beat Martin Laurendeau, 6-2, 6-4; Richard Matuszewski beat Vince Van Patten, 7-5, 6-0, Christo Steyn beat Joey Rive, 6-3, 6-4; Stephane Bonneau beat Tomm Warneke, 6-4, 6-2, Jonny Levine beat Thomas Hogstedt, 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, and Al Parker beat Barry Moir, 6-3, 7-5.

Agassi, ranked 81st in the world, looked as if he was back in the match in the second set. He broke Kuhnen in the third game and held him off at serve to win the second set.

But after being forced to deuce in the opening game of the final set, Agassi began to falter. Kuhnen won the first game after Agassi hit a backhand and forehand out. He then broke Agassi when Agassi hit two forehands long after being down 15-30.

Agassi continued to self-destruct, hitting three balls into the net in the fourth game for another break by Kuhnen. The unforced errors continued in the fifth game -- an Agassi forehand down the line and a backhand off a deep second serve by Kuhnen both hit the net for 40-15.

Kuhnen wasn't sure if the heat got to Agassi or "whether he just didn't have the guts to fight it out. It's very strange."

Agassi said his problems in the closing set weren't physical ones. "He broke me in the third {set} and mentally, I just couldn't keep it up, I guess/ I should have concentrated more in the early part of it because it was very possible for me to beat him 6-0 if I had hit some shots."

Willenborg next will face Steyn. Jones, ranked 123rd in the world, is now rewarded with facing Connors in the second round tonight on the stadium court.

Kures will play seventh-seeded Jimmy Arias, Kuhner will play Youl, Ross will play Parker, Matuszewski will face second-seeded Boris Becker, Wheaton will play Levine and Hooper will play fourth-seeded Brad Gilbert. Opponents of the other first-round winners will be determined in matches played today.

Though tickets for all evening matches are sold out, limited tickets for afternoon matches at the stadium court and the two grandstand courts remain. Also, "side court only" tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon will be sold.