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Michael Chang

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by Federico Coppini

French Open Championship
In the 90s American tennis boomed because of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and… Michael Chang.
He used to say: “For me, I think the Lord wanted me to win to put a smile on Chinese people's faces.”
And now Chang is most known of two things – he is the youngest Grand Slam Champion – at age of 17 and also that he is coach of Kei Nishikori the Japanese uprising star and already one of the most marketable player.

In 1989, few people thought that young American named Michael Chang would beat the No. 1-ranked tennis player, Ivan Lendl, in the fourth round of the French Open and Stefan Edberg in the final. He beaten also young Pete Sampras in the second round 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.

The Samurai
But back in the days young Michael distinguished yourself playing his clashes by bigger extended tennis racquet and one of the best footwork on the tennis court ever. Besides he had superb forehand which given him enormous number of winners, good lob and well return.

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