Controversial tennis star Andre Agassi said yesterday he has all but committed himself to playing at Wimbledon this summer.
Appearing on the first installment of "Up Close With Roy Firestone" on ESPN, Agassi made the announcement in response to a reference that he might never again appear at Wimbledon because of his refusal to adhere to the strict dress code there.
"This year, I hope they're ready for me," Agassi said. "I've put a lot of thought into my decision, but I think you'll see me there this year and I hope people are ready for it."
Agassi, 20, is ranked fourth, up from his ranking of 303 three years ago. In his only appearance at Wimbledon, in 1987, he lost in the first round.
Players are required to wear conservative clothing at Wimbledon, with white the dominant color. Agassi is known for his flashy attire, among other things. He has had problems with his dress at other tournaments. . . .
David Wheaton and Zina Garrison earned a 2-1 victory over Switzerland to give the United States a berth in the final of the Hopman Cup team championships in Perth, Australia. The top-seeded Americans will meet Goran Prpic and Monica Seles of fifth-seeded Yugoslavia in the final tonight.