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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Two-Handed Menace Sends Agassi Packing

MEMPHIS, Tennessee -- Andre Agassi's bid to regain the No. 1 ranking has taken a sudden nosedive with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Luke Jensen, the ambidextrous doubles specialist ranked 419th in the world.


Agassi had a chance to regain the top ranking in the Kroger-St. Jude tournament. Instead, he suffered his first loss in a tournament opener in nearly a year and a half Wednesday.


"I just think it's a tough arena to play in," Agassi said. "The ball is quick out there. I was coming off the slow court in San Jose, and I certainly wasn't picking up the ball well at all."


Jensen said he didn't mind if Agassi went through the motions in the second-round match.


"If he wants to go through it, then I'm not going to say a word," he said. "Luke Jensen will be out battling Jiri Novak [Thursday]. He'll be out in Las Vegas sipping iced tea with Brooke [Shields]."


Agassi lost in the finals to Pete Sampras on Sunday in San Jose, California. The result left Sampras with the No. 1 ranking and Agassi at No. 3. No. 2 Thomas Muster is taking the week off.


Jensen and his twin, Murphy Jensen, bring a circus flair to their doubles matches -- wearing star-spangled shirts, slapping hands and trading wisecracks with the crowd.


"He's kicked my butt so many times, I just thought about not ticking him off," Jensen said. "Because the more you tick him off, the better he's going to play."


When asked about his plans, Agassi said he would return to Las Vegas.


"Just go home sounds like a good call," he said. "It's always nice to get home sometimes during tough weeks."