Sporting Digest: Tennis

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The Independent Online
ANDRE AGASSI will play in the Australian Open for the first time next year. The American, Wimbledon champion in 1992, missed this year's event with acute tonsilitis.

CHRIS WILKINSON, the defending champion, was yesterday knocked out of the first round of the Malaysian Nissan Challenger tournament in Kuala Lumpur. The world No 117 crumbled under pressure and lost

6-3 6-0 to David Mainkin, of South Africa. The top seed, Jeremy Bates, coasted through to the second round with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Leonardo Lavalle, of Mexico. He will meet Lars Rehmann, of Germany, in the second round.