Strangely, Agassi had not required a doctor. But he said he had almost pulled out of the tie and had asked Gorman to get alternate Aaron Krickstein ready to play in his place. Of course, everybody heard all of this from Andre. "Even when I'm weak, I guess I'm less tired than him [Fromberg]," said Agassi. "No question. I didn't win it with tennis. It was something else—just guts."
"Just rubbish," said Fromberg. "I didn't see him sick during the match."
A more thorough investigation was unavailing, even though Agassi was seen at one o'clock on Saturday morning, entourage-encircled, chowing down at a Bennigan's. The poor thing was obviously too sick to be interviewed.
As for the tennis competition, it pretty much began and ended with the Agassi-Fromberg match. In the second singles, Chang routed Cahill 6-2, 7-6, 6-0 in about 15 minutes. For those who believed that Cash would have been tougher stew, he was woefully off form in the doubles. Although he's only 25, Cash's marvelous athletic gifts have eroded beyond his years. The spirit seems unquenchable, but the Achilles operation he had in 1989 has cost him valuable steps and flexibility. While Fitzgerald, a doubles specialist who has won all four Grand Slam titles, fought gamely, Cash's slow start enabled the Greater Los Angeles/Southern Californian/All-Freeway/All-Beach/All-American team of Leach and Pugh to break serve in the first game of the first two sets and win a 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 Cup-clinching victory.
In the middle of the fourth set, the crowd of 18,000—part of the three-day total of 52,000, the highest in Davis Cup history in the U.S.—started a wave through the cavernous Suncoast Dome. At that point Leach said he felt a "calming feeling." That was only fitting, because Leach and Pugh have been the calm in the midst of the U.S. Davis Cup team storm all year long. Even one of Sunday's meaningless reverse singles matches was tempestuous. After having evened the score with Cahill at one set apiece, Agassi quit, claiming he had strained a muscle in his chest. The Aussies were skeptical. "He didn't look injured to me, hitting those groundstrokes," said Cahill. "Andre is a great player, but what comes out of his mouth is of little significance. I wouldn't want him on [our] team. We have a tradition; we go down fighting."
Cash said that he can hardly wait for a rematch with the U.S. in next year's finals. Should such a tie eventuate, it would take place Down Under. "We'll probably have to play on some weird, exotic surface, like grass," said Gorman.
And, one hopes, in a Davis Cup competition in which everything will be a bit more spot-on.