NEW YORK, SEPT. 2 -- Ken Flach was fined $2,700 and defaulted from the men's doubles competition for storming off the court and failing to complete a mixed doubles match Saturday.
Flach and partner Patty Fendick, seeded No. 7, were losing to Elise Burgin of Baltimore and Laurie Warder, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 2-5, when Flach was cited twice for abuse of the ball and abruptly left the court. Flach apparently aimed kicks at the tennis balls.
He received fines of $350 for each abuse of the ball, $1,000 for failure to complete a match, and $1,000 for defaulting a match.
Flach automatically was defaulted from the men's doubles, leaving partner Robert Seguso in the lurch. Any time a player fails to complete a match, he is also out of all phases of the tournament. Flach and Seguso were seeded No. 15 and alive in the third round.
Two members of the U.S. Davis Cup team have now distinguished themselves with their behavior in their national championship. Andre Agassi was cited Thursday for obscene language and spitting at chair umpire Wayne McKewen.
At least they weren't the only ones. Pat Cash of Australia was fined $1,000 today for using obscene, abusive language to U.S. Tennis Association media liaisons who requested his presence in the interview room following his straight-set loss to Aaron Krickstein in the third round Saturday.
Gilad Bloom and Amos Mansdorf were the first two Israelis to reach the fourth round of the Open. Countryman Schlomo Glickstein is the only Israeli to ever reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal, at the 1981 Australian Open.
Bloom's tournament ended today with his loss to Ivan Lendl, but Mansdorf has a chance to progress after upsetting No. 8 Brad Gilbert in five sets Saturday. Mansdorf, who rallied from a two-set deficit, next meets No. 9 Aaron Krickstein, against whom he is 1-1. . . .
When Steffi Graf lost the second set to Elna Reinach of South Africa in the third round Saturday, it marked the first time since 1987 she dropped a set to a player ranked lower than 20.
Agassi has a rather exalted view of his appearance, what with his new clothing, the electric hues and black mesh adornments, his scraggly beard and a dangling earring. Asked if he would look this way during Davis Cup play in Austria in two weeks he said: "Yeah, sure. That's what America is about."
However, Agassi may shave.
"I might just wake up one morning and it will be gone," he said. "I do things just to be different. I enjoy that. I never felt so excited to step on the court than I did with my new outfit. I just get a kick out of that.
"The beard is something I'm sure I'll keep for a little while. But if get to the semifinals or final, I don't know that I want to look back at the highlights and see that I had a beard. So I might just shave it off for the final weekend."