Michael Chang

Michael Chang was winner of the French Open in 1989. Professional from 1988 to 2003, he reached second place in the ATP men's world tennis ranking as his best ranking.

In 1988 he began his professional career in tennis. Already in 1989 he won his first (and only) Grand Slam tournament. He was in fact the youngest tennis player to have won a Slam test (17 years and just over three months). That edition of Roland Garros saw him protagonist of an incredible round of 16 against the Czechoslovakian champion and world number one Ivan Lendl.

After a scene in which he pretended to be seized by cramps already at the end of the third set, Chang, down by two sets, managed, with a whole series of provocations and scenes that made the Czechoslovakian nervous, to bring home the victory in the fifth, after an epic battle (4-6;4-6;6-3;6-3;6-3 the score in 4 hours and 38 minutes).

The eighth game of the fifth set remains memorable when, at 4-3 for Chang serving and 15-30 for Lendl, the young American invented to hit the ball from below. Shortly after, ahead 5-3 and with Lendl serving down 15-40 in the decisive game, Chang, to reply, moved a few centimeters from the service square, making Lendl nervous and forcing him to double fault.

In that edition he successively beat the Haitian Ronald Agénor, the clay specialist Andrej Chesnokov and in the final Stefan Edberg, after another 5 hard-fought sets and almost 4 hours of play.