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|Residence||Orange County, California, USA|
February 22, 1972 |
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HOF||2008 (member page)|
|Career record||662–312 (68% at ATP, Grand Prix & Grand Slam level & Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (September 9, 1996)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (1996)|
|French Open||W (1989)|
|US Open||F (1996)|
|Tour Finals||F (1995)|
|Olympic Games||2R (1992)|
|Career record||11–33 (25% at ATP, Grand Prix & Grand Slam level & Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 199 (April 19, 1993)|
|Last updated on: September 15, 2012.|
Michael Te-Pei Chang (born February 22, 1972) is an American tennis player. He became the youngest-ever male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at the age of 17.
Known for his on-court speed and fighting spirit, Chang is considered by many observers to have been one of the best defensive baseliners of all time. He also introduced the jumping two-handed backhand. He remained in the top 10 of the ATP world rankings for several years in the 1990s, peaking at World No. 2 in September 1996.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Tennis career
- 3 Charity work
- 4 Awards and recognition
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Records
- 7 Major finals
- 8 Grand Slam, Grand Prix, and ATP Tour career finals
- 9 Singles performance timeline
- 10 References
- 11 Further reading
- 12 External links
Chang was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1972 to Joe (張洪笙) and Betty (董良因, née Tung). His parents are both Taiwanese and were educated in the United States, where they met; Betty moved to the US in 1959 and Joe in 1966. They were introduced by a mutual friend. Betty was born in Delhi, India as the daughter of Michael Tung (董宗山), then serving as diplomat of the Republic of China to India. Michael then had served in the Legislative Yuan and was an Ambassador to Cambodia and Dominic Republic/Saint Vincent and the Grenadines among other diplomatic posts in 1960s to 1980s. Joe was born in Chaozhou, China, and moved to Taiwan at age seven. Michael's Chinese name (simplified Chinese: 张德培; traditional Chinese: 張德培; pinyin: Zhāng Dépéi) was chosen by Joe, and his English name by Betty (who named him after her father).
After moving from Hoboken, New Jersey to Placentia, California, the Changs moved to Encinitas, California. Chang dropped out of Grade 10 at San Dieguito High School in Encinitas, California, after passing his GED in February 1988 in order to pursue a professional tennis career.
Chang first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player who set numerous "youngest-ever" records. He won his first national title, the USTA Junior Hard Court singles, at the age of 12. Aged 13, he won the Fiesta Bowl 16s. Two years later, aged 15, Chang won the USTA Boys 18s Hardcourts and the Boys 18s Nationals, and became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open when he defeated Paul McNamee in four sets in the first round. A month later he reached the semifinals at Scottsdale, Arizona to become the youngest player to reach the semifinal stage of a top-level professional tournament. He won his first top-level singles title in 1988 at San Francisco, aged 16 years and 7 months.
Chang's most significant youngest-ever record came in 1989 when he won the French Open at the age of 17 years, 110 days, to become the youngest male player ever to win a Grand Slam title. He defeated Stefan Edberg in a five-set final, 6–1, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–2. His victory is equally remembered for an epic five-set encounter with Ivan Lendl in the fourth round (see below). Chang became the first American man to win the French Open since 1955, and the first American man to win a Grand Slam since 1984. And in August 1989, Chang became the youngest player to be ranked in the world's top 5. (Chang's success marked the start of an era in which a new generation of American players—which also included Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Andre Agassi, and to a certain extent Andy Roddick—would come to dominate the game.)
Chang met Edberg in the semifinals of the US Open in 1992, this time Edberg winning in a five-set encounter, 6–7, 7–5, 7–6, 5–7, 6–4. The 5-hour, 26-minute match was the longest in US Open history. Chang reached three further Grand Slam finals after his 1989 French Open triumph, losing the 1995 French Open final to Thomas Muster, the 1996 Australian Open final to Boris Becker, and the 1996 US Open final to Pete Sampras. In the 1995 French Open, he defeated Michael Stich and then two-time defending champion Sergi Bruguera in the semifinals in straight sets, eventually losing to Muster. In both the 1996 Australian and U.S. Opens, he defeated Andre Agassi in the semifinals in straight sets; a win over Sampras at the U.S. Open would have made Chang the no. 1 player in the world. In the 1997 U.S. Open, he was the odds-on favorite to win after Sampras was upset by Petr Korda; however, Chang lost to eventual champion Patrick Rafter in the semifinals in straight sets.
Chang was a key member of the US team which won the Davis Cup in 1990. In the semifinals at Austria, his dramatic comeback from two-sets down against Horst Skoff, 3–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 6–3, led the US into its first Davis Cup final since 1984. Chang went on to defeat Darren Cahill in straight sets, as the US defeated Australia in the final. He was also on the US team which won the World Team Cup in 1993. His best performance in the year-end singles championship came in 1995, when he defeated Muster, Jim Courier, and then dominated Pete Sampras in the semifinals, before losing in the final to Boris Becker.
Chang was introduced to tennis by his father Joe, who was his first coach. During his rise in 1989 (including his French Open title), he was coached by José Higueras. For much of his professional career, he was coached by his older brother Carl Chang, who also played in several doubles tournaments with him in the early-1990s. He was the first player to be beaten by Roger Federer in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, at the 2000 Australian Open. He was also the second player to be beaten by Andy Roddick in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, in the second round of the French Open in 2001.
Chang retired from the professional tour in 2003. During his career, he won a total of 34 top-level professional singles titles. His final top-level title was won in 2000 at Los Angeles. His total career prize-money earnings was US$19,145,632. His career-high singles ranking was world no. 2 in 1996, following his US Open finals performance. He was a year-end top-ten player for six consecutive years in the 1990s (1992–1997), a feat matched in the decade only by Pete Sampras. He is one of a few players to win ATP titles in three different decades.
1989 French Open match vs Ivan Lendl
Chang's most famous match took place at the 1989 French Open (on the way to winning his only Grand Slam singles title). In the fourth round, he faced World No. 1, reigning Australian Open champion, and three-time former French Open champion Ivan Lendl. Conventional wisdom made Lendl the heavy favorite to win the match against the 15th-seeded 17-year-old Chang.
Lendl appeared to be on the way to victory after taking the first two sets 6–4, 6–4, and then breaking Chang's serve in the opening game of the third set. However, Chang broke back immediately and went on to claim the third set, 6–3. During the fourth set, Chang experienced a severe attack of leg cramps, and though he won the set to level the match, he considered retiring from the match while up 2–1 in the fifth set. He later said that he felt "an unbelievable conviction in my heart" not to give up, and decided to finish the match.
Chang adopted some unusual tactics in an attempt to overcome his cramps. He hit the ball high into the air on many points to slow the game down (known as "moon balls"), and also began to go for more winners in order to shorten the points. Chang also ate bananas and drank water at every opportunity. The success of these tactics caused Lendl, known to be one of the least easily fazed players, to lose his rhythm, and also prompted him to swear at the umpire and the crowd, especially after losing a key point in the fifth set when Chang shocked him by delivering an under-arm serve.
Chang continued to suffer from cramps, but managed to take a 5–3 lead in the fifth set with two match points on Lendl's serve. Aiming to break Lendl's concentration one more time, Chang stood well inside the baseline, almost at the T-line in the centre of the court while waiting to receive Lendl's serve. The crowd started laughing at the bizarre situation, and Lendl seemed to think everyone was mocking him. The tactic worked, as Lendl produced a double-fault to give Chang the victory, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–3, in 4 hours and 37 minutes. Chang sank to his knees and broke down in tears at the conclusion of the match. Seven days later, he went on to lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires, becoming the youngest male champion in Grand Slam history.
The match was played on June 5, 1989, just one day after the height of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Chang has frequently noted the impact of the massacre when recalling his French Open victory:
"A lot of people forget that Tiananmen Square was going on. The crackdown that happened was on the middle Sunday at the French Open, so if I was not practicing or playing a match, I was glued to the television, watching the events unfold...I often tell people I think it was God's purpose for me to be able to win the French Open the way it was won because I was able to put a smile on Chinese people's faces around the world at a time when there wasn't much to smile about."
(Note: Chang and Lendl played a similar match in a semifinal of the 1991 Grand Slam Cup, where Chang again came back from two sets down and won 2–6, 4–6, 6–4, 7–6, 9–7.)
Chang served as Chairman of ATP Tour Charities in 1994. He has supported grassroots tennis development in Asia through his Stars of the Future program in Hong Kong and the Reebok Challenge across Asia. He was one of five athletes named in the second annual "Most Caring Athlete" list by USA Today Weekend in 1995. In 1997, he was given one of seven Asian-American leadership awards by A Magazine for his status as a role model for Asian-American youth. He has also served as a national spokesman for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in the US.
In 2001, Chang served as a goodwill ambassador for the 2008 Beijing Olympic bid committee. In 2002, Chang published a book about his career, Holding Serve: Persevering On and Off the Court.
Awards and recognition
A devout Christian, Chang's faith was first brought to the spotlight after his 1989 French Open championship, when upon winning, declared "I thank the Lord Jesus Christ, because without Him, I am nothing." Chang and his family established the Chang Family Foundation in 1999, dedicated to integrating tennis, family, and Christian faith. The Foundation is now based in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.
Chang currently lives in Orange County, California. He is an avid fisherman, who often takes fishing trips while traveling. He also has a passion for breeding African cichlids in several large freshwater aquariums at his home. On October 18, 2008, Chang married Amber Liu, another professional tennis player who is 12 years younger than Chang. They have one daughter, Lani, born December 9, 2010.
- These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
|Championship||Years||Record accomplished||Player tied|
|French Open||1989||Youngest Grand Slam men's singles champion||Stands alone|
|French Open||1989||Youngest French Open champion||Stands alone|
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 4 (1–3)
|Winner||1989||French Open||Clay||Stefan Edberg||6–1, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1995||French Open||Clay||Thomas Muster||5–7, 2–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1996||Australian Open||Hard||Boris Becker||2–6, 4–6, 6–2, 2–6|
|Runner-up||1996||US Open||Hard||Pete Sampras||1–6, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)|
Year-End Championships finals
Singles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner-up||1995||Frankfurt||Carpet||Boris Becker||6–7(3–7), 0–6, 6–7(5–7)|
Masters Series finals
Singles: 9 (7–2)
|Winner||1990||Canada (Toronto)||Hard||Jay Berger||4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–2)|
|Winner||1992||Indian Wells||Hard||Andrei Chesnokov||6–3, 6–4, 7–5|
|Winner||1992||Key Biscayne||Hard||Alberto Mancini||7–5, 7–5|
|Winner||1993||Cincinnati||Hard||Stefan Edberg||7–5, 0–6, 6–4|
|Winner||1994||Cincinnati||Hard||Stefan Edberg||6–2, 7–5|
|Runner-up||1995||Cincinnati||Hard||Andre Agassi||5–7, 2–6|
|Winner||1996||Indian Wells||Hard||Paul Haarhuis||7–5, 6–1, 6–1|
|Runner-up||1996||Cincinnati||Hard||Andre Agassi||6–7(4–7), 4–6|
|Winner||1997||Indian Wells||Hard||Bohdan Ulihrach||4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3|
Grand Slam, Grand Prix, and ATP Tour career finals
Singles: 58 (34–24)
|Winner||1.||September 26, 1988||San Francisco, US||Carpet||Johan Kriek||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||2.||May 29, 1989||French Open, Paris||Clay||Stefan Edberg||6–1, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1.||September 18, 1989||Los Angeles, US||Hard||Aaron Krickstein||6–2, 4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||November 7, 1989||Wembley, UK||Carpet||Guy Forget||6–2, 6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||July 23, 1990||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Jay Berger||4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–2)|
|Runner-up||2.||July 30, 1990||Los Angeles, US||Hard||Stefan Edberg||6–7(4–7), 6–2, 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||3.||November 5, 1990||Wembley, UK||Carpet||Jakob Hlasek||6–7(7–9), 3–6|
|Winner||5.||November 4, 1991||Birmingham, UK||Carpet||Guillaume Raoux||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||4.||December 10, 1991||Grand Slam Cup, Munich||Carpet||David Wheaton||5–7, 2–6, 4–6|
|Winner||6.||February 3, 1992||San Francisco, US||Hard||Jim Courier||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||7.||March 2, 1992||Indian Wells, US||Hard||Andrei Chesnokov||6–3, 6–4, 7–5|
|Winner||8.||March 13, 1992||Key Biscayne, US||Hard||Alberto Mancini||7–5, 7–5|
|Runner-up||5.||April 13, 1992||Hong Kong, UK||Hard||Jim Courier||5–7, 3–6|
|Runner-up||6.||December 8, 1992||Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany||Carpet||Michael Stich||2–6, 3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||9.||January 11, 1993||Jakarta, Indonesia||Hard||Carl-Uwe Steeb||2–6, 6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||10.||March 29, 1993||Osaka, Japan||Hard||Amos Mansdorf||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||7.||August 2, 1993||Los Angeles, US||Hard||Richard Krajicek||6–0, 6–7(3–7), 6–7(5–7)|
|Winner||11.||August 9, 1993||Cincinnati, US||Hard||Stefan Edberg||7–5, 0–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||8.||August 23, 1993||Long Island, US||Hard||Marc Rosset||4–6, 6–3, 1–6|
|Winner||12.||September 27, 1993||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard||Jonas Svensson||6–0, 6–4|
|Winner||13.||October 18, 1993||Beijing, China||Carpet||Greg Rusedski||7–6(7–5), 6–7(6–8), 6–4|
|Winner||14.||January 10, 1994||Jakarta, Indonesia||Hard||David Rikl||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||9.||January 31, 1994||San Jose, US||Hard||Renzo Furlan||6–3, 3–6, 5–7|
|Winner||15.||February 14, 1994||Philadelphia, US||Carpet||Paul Haarhuis||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||10.||April 4, 1994||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Pete Sampras||4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||16.||April 11, 1994||Hong Kong, UK||Hard||Patrick Rafter||6–1, 6–3|
|Winner||17.||April 25, 1994||Atlanta, US||Clay||Todd Martin||6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 6–0|
|Winner||18.||August 8, 1994||Cincinnati, US||Hard||Stefan Edberg||6–2, 7–5|
|Runner-up||11.||October 10, 1994||Tokyo, Japan||Carpet||Goran Ivanišević||4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||19.||October 17, 1994||Beijing, China||Carpet||Anders Järryd||7–5, 7–5|
|Runner-up||12.||February 6, 1995||San Jose, US||Hard||Andre Agassi||2–6, 6–1, 3–6|
|Runner-up||13.||February 20, 1995||Philadelphia, US||Carpet||Thomas Enqvist||6–0, 4–6, 0–6|
|Winner||20.||April 17, 1995||Hong Kong, UK||Hard||Jonas Björkman||6–3, 6–1|
|Winner||21.||May 1, 1995||Atlanta, US||Clay||Andre Agassi||6–2, 6–7(6–8), 6–4|
|Runner-up||14.||May 29, 1995||French Open, Paris, France||Clay||Thomas Muster||5–7, 2–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||15.||August 7, 1995||Cincinnati, US||Hard||Andre Agassi||5–7, 2–6|
|Winner||22.||October 9, 1995||Tokyo, Japan||Carpet||Mark Philippoussis||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||23.||October 16, 1995||Beijing, China||Carpet||Renzo Furlan||7–5, 6–3|
|Runner-up||16.||November 14, 1995||Tennis Masters Cup, Hanover||Carpet (I)||Boris Becker||6–7(3–7), 0–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Runner-up||17.||January 15, 1996||Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Boris Becker||2–6, 4–6, 6–2, 2–6|
|Winner||24.||March 11, 1996||Indian Wells, US||Hard||Paul Haarhuis||7–5, 6–1, 6–1|
|Runner-up||18.||April 8, 1996||Hong Kong, UK||Hard||Pete Sampras||4–6, 6–3, 4–6|
|Winner||25.||July 15, 1996||Washington, D.C., US||Hard||Wayne Ferreira||6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||26.||July 29, 1996||Los Angeles, US||Hard||Richard Krajicek||6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||19.||August 5, 1996||Cincinnati, US||Hard||Andre Agassi||6–7(4–7), 4–6|
|Runner-up||20.||August 26, 1996||US Open, New York City||Hard||Pete Sampras||1–6, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||21.||September 30, 1996||Singapore||Carpet||Jonathan Stark||4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||27.||February 17, 1997||Memphis, US||Hard||Todd Woodbridge||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||28.||March 10, 1997||Indian Wells, US||Hard||Bohdan Ulihrach||4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||29.||April 7, 1997||Hong Kong, UK||Hard||Patrick Rafter||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||30.||April 21, 1997||Orlando, US||Clay||Grant Stafford||4–6, 6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||31.||July 14, 1997||Washington, D.C., US||Hard||Petr Korda||5–7, 6–2, 6–1|
|Runner-up||22.||February 16, 1998||Memphis, US||Hard||Mark Philippoussis||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||23.||April 20, 1998||Orlando, US||Clay||Jim Courier||5–7, 6–3, 5–7|
|Winner||32.||August 24, 1998||Boston, US||Hard||Paul Haarhuis||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||33.||October 5, 1998||Shanghai, China||Carpet||Goran Ivanišević||4–6, 6–1, 6–2|
|Runner-up||24.||January 10, 2000||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Magnus Norman||6–3, 3–6, 5–7|
|Winner||34.||July 24, 2000||Los Angeles, US||Hard||Jan-Michael Gambill||6–7(2–7), 6–3, ret.|
Singles performance timeline
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||3R||2R||A||SF||F||SF||2R||2R||1R||1R||1R||A||0 / 10|
|French Open||A||3R||W||QF||QF||3R||2R||3R||F||3R||4R||3R||1R||3R||2R||1R||1R||1 / 16|
|Wimbledon||A||2R||4R||4R||1R||1R||3R||QF||2R||1R||1R||2R||A||2R||2R||2R||A||0 / 14|
|US Open||2R||4R||4R||3R||4R||SF||QF||4R||QF||F||SF||2R||2R||2R||1R||2R||1R||0 / 17|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 3||1 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 2||1 / 57|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||1R||QF||A||QF||W||SF||3R||3R||W||W||A||1R||2R||1R||1R||1R||3 / 14|
|Miami Masters||A||A||A||A||3R||W||1R||3R||2R||QF||2R||A||1R||2R||2R||1R||2R||1 / 12|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||A||0 / 3|
|Rome Masters||A||A||A||1R||A||QF||1R||SF||2R||QF||A||1R||QF||2R||2R||A||A||0 / 10|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||A||1R||A||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||2R||A||A||0 / 7|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||W||1R||A||3R||3R||QF||A||SF||A||3R||2R||1R||A||A||1 / 9|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||QF||QF||QF||3R||SF||W||W||F||F||SF||2R||QF||1R||2R||3R||1R||2 / 16|
|Madrid Masters (Stockholm)||A||A||A||3R||A||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2|
|Paris Masters||A||A||QF||1R||SF||2R||3R||SF||QF||3R||2R||1R||SF||3R||A||A||A||0 / 12|
|Tennis Masters Cup||A||A||RR||A||A||RR||RR||RR||F||RR||RR||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 7|
|Year End Ranking||163||30||5||15||15||6||8||6||5||2||3||29||48||32||94||124||383|
- Chang Leads Induction Class of 2008[dead link]
- Speech at City of Irvine Tennis Day, February 23, 2008
- Curry Kirkpatrick (October 1, 1990). "Michael Chang's five-set win lifted the U.S. over Austria in Davis Cup play". Vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- Roger Federer's chance at history arrives Sunday - Los Angeles Times
- Andy Roddick - The Agony And The Ecstasy Of A Great Career | The Sunday Leader
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- "Michael Chang's 89 French Open Title More Than A Fond Memory". ESPN. May 19, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- Under-arm serve (fr)
- "He'll always have Paris: Michael Chang reflects on crowning moment". Sports Illustrated. May 22, 1999. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "What Michael Chang's 1989 French Open Title Meant". ESPN. May 19, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "Quitting was an option for Michael Chang". LA Times. May 25, 2003. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "CHSSC News and Notes April 2009". Chssc.org. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "Tennis Star Michael Chang Testimony". JC Superstars. December 31, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "Chang Family Foundation". M Chang. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "Michael Chang Gets Married at Virginity". Gospelherald.net. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- 4:40 pm ET (July 12, 2008). "Chang inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame". Nbcsports.msnbc.com. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "The official family announcement". Mchang.com. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- Michael Chang: Tennis Champion (1993) by Pamela Dell ISBN 0-516-04185-1
- Holding Serve Persevering On And Off The Court (June 4, 2002) by Michael Chang, Mike Yorkey ISBN 0-7852-6656-9
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Michael Chang.|
- Official website
- Michael Chang at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Michael Chang at the Davis Cup
- Michael Chang at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- bio – file interview with Michael Chang
- A Chinese interview (in Simplified Chinese)
- Text and Audio of Michael Chang's Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Speech
|Awards and achievements|
|ATP Most Improved Player