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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Spotlight

Andre Gets Goosed

A look at the day that was and at what lies ahead at the Summer Games

July 26, 1996|Reuters

After his first match, Andre Agassi was bothered by mosquitos. In his second on Thursday, he was upstaged by a flock of geese.

Leading by a set and 4-3 in his match against Karol Kucera of Slovakia, Agassi's serve was suddenly interrupted by a flock of geese who flew in formation across the stadium, then scattered droppings on a family of five sitting in the stands.

A sympathetic Agassi ran for a courtside towel then threw it up to a grateful man in the stands who proceeded to mop off his wife and three children.

Agassi then went on to defeat Kucera, 6-4 6-4.

"Upstaged by a flock of geese and all they do is . . . on you," Agassi said. "That makes the upstaging even worse. When you look up to serve you don't want that stuff coming down on you."

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