London, June 13 :

Andre Agassi crashed out as he played his first grass-court match in two years on Monday, then admitted that his tentative comeback effort from back problems at Queen’s club might affect his Wimbledon preparation.

“Health is my biggest issue,” said the 36-year-old legend after losing in the first round to British veteran Tim Henman 6-4, 6-4 in west London. Agassi sat out the draining clay season to rest a back which gave him continuing problems in 2005. But three months away did not leave the eight-times Grand Slam winner match-tough as he fell disappointingly in 74 minutes to Henman in a tough first round tie.

“For the past year, it’s been a week-to-week proposition for me,” he said. “So I’ll have to just get over the disappointment of this start and make my (Wimbledon) decisions from there.”

Agassi’s modest performance against Henman does not bode well for his Wimbledon dream. Agassi slid to the loss against Henman as he lost his footing on the fresh grass as the Britain sizzled past a winner on match point.

Henman broke his fellow over-30 three times while allowing Agassi just one conversion from six break chances. “We’ve only played on three occasions,” said Henman. “I’ve played other guys 13, 14 times so it’s always going to be special. Countryman Greg Rusedski was unable to complte his match, losing 5-7, 6-3, 3-2 to Antony Dupuis. In other first-round results, France’s 13th seeds Gael Monfils defeated Juergen Melzer 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 while Thai Danai Udomchoke showed the way for compatriot Paradorn Srichaphan as he beat Czech Tomas Zib 3-6, 7-5, 6-0.