Big Names Get Top Seedings as L.A. Tennis Open to Start

Sixth-ranked Michael Chang was seeded first in the Los Angeles Open, which begins Monday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA. Boris Becker was seeded second and Andre Agassi third.

No. 9 Becker will play No. 106 Grant Stafford of South Africa in a first-round match during Tuesday’s 11 a.m. session. Agassi, ranked 20th, will open against No. 84 Nicklas Kulti of Sweden on Tuesday in a session that begins at 7:30 p.m.

Chang has an easier path than Becker and Agassi through his half of the bracket, which includes No. 24 Alexander Volkov of Russia and No. 26 Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands.

Chang will open against No. 91 Mark Petchey of England during Tuesday’s 11 a.m. session.


Krajicek, two-time defending champion, was seeded fifth. Krajicek will play wild-card entry Michael Joyce Monday in a session that begins at 7 p.m.

Qualifying for the L.A. Open will conclude today, and four players will advance to the main draw.