Andre Agassi lost in the first round of the Raiffeisen Grand Prix yesterday to a qualifier ranked 339th in the world.
Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Montenegro beat Agassi, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), on the clay in St. Poelten, Austria, in a tuneup for the French Open, which starts next week.
"Zimonjic played great tennis. It was very hard for me to guess what he was going to do next," said Agassi, who has skipped other events on the European clay circuit.
Zimonjic broke Agassi's serve in the sixth game of the match and took the first set in a little more than 30 minutes.
"I knew if I could hold my own serve and keep pressurizing Andre, I would have a chance to win the match," Zimonjic said. . . .
James Blake and Younes El Aynaoui pulled out of the French Open because of injuries.
Blake hurt his neck and spine in a freak accident while practicing in Rome this month after losing at the Italian Open. Morocco's El Aynaoui has a right foot injury and probably will have surgery soon, French Open spokesman Christophe Proust said.
* SOCCER: Real Madrid may cancel preseason tours of the United States and Asia if its worst-ever league run forces it to qualify for Europe's Champions League in August.
Madrid dropped behind Barcelona to third in Spanish soccer's first division with one game remaining after losing, 2-1, at bottom-ranked Murcia, its fourth straight defeat. The third- and fourth-placed teams must win a qualifier to reach Europe's top club competition.
Finishing third would "cut short the players' vacation," Real Madrid sports director Jorge Valdano said. "That's a problem for next season."
Real Madrid, aiming to boost sales in Asia with star players such as David Beckham, was planning to tour the continent for a second straight year.
* BOXING: Wladimir Klitschko wants to fight again despite being ordered by the German Boxing Federation to take six months off because of his knockout loss to Lamon Brewster.
"I am 100 percent healthy, as doctors say, 'ready to fly to space,' " Klitschko said at a news conference, adding he plans his next bout for September or October.
* GOLF: Five golfers who have won PGA Tour events this year are expected to play in the Booz Allen Classic, set for June 21-27.
Zach Johnson (BellSouth Classic winner), Jonathan Kaye (FBR Open), Adam Scott (Players Championship), Joey Sindelar (Wachovia Championship) and Heath Slocum (Chrysler Classic of Tucson) are expected to participate in the event at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac.
* OBITUARIES: Dan Allen, who coached the Holy Cross football team from a wheelchair all of last season, has died at age 48. Allen died Sunday at his home in Westboro, Mass., after his health deteriorated in recent weeks. He said last August he had multiple chemical sensitivity, an illness that limited his mobility from the neck down. . . .
Jim Colclough, an original member of the Boston Patriots and one of the top receivers in franchise history, has died. A funeral home in Quincy, Mass., confirmed that Colclough, 68, died Sunday night of complications from hepatitis C. . . .
John Frank Patterson Sr., a Hall of Fame harness racing trainer and driver, has died after a long battle with leukemia. He was 83. Patterson, who died Sunday, was inducted into the sport's Hall of Fame in 1993 for his accomplishments.
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