With the commencement of RG’16 EssentiallySports counts down the ten most stunning Roland Garros results of all time. Some occurred early in the tournament, some late, but all were surprises.
#10 1996: Agassi upset by Woodruff
For the second time in three years, Agassi was dumped in the second round. This time the bald one was so devastated by the 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-2 coup performed by Chris Woodruff of Knoxville, Tenn., that he literally ran away from Paris.
By his own admission, Woodruff simply “hung in there” and let Agassi self-destruct. Woodruff broke Agassi at love for a 3-2 lead, and when he broke him again in the seventh game, as Agassi spewed a pair of careless double faults, the upset was inevitable.
Agassi was so was distraught after the five-set loss that he skipped the mandatory post-match press conference, resulting in a $2,000 fine. He would meet Woodruff just one more time—1999 third-round at the French Open as well—and avenge the loss with a straight sets win.