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Michael Chang

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
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Profession: Tennis Player and French Open Champion

United States of America

Biography: The youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at the age of 17 years and 4 months, he was best known for his on-court speed and fighting spirit. He is considered by many observers to have been one of the best defensive baseliners of all time and introduced the jumping two-handed backhand.

Born: February 22, 1972
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Age: 50 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Pisces

Married Life

  • 2008-10-18 Tennis player Michael Chang (35) weds fellow tennis player Amber Liu (24) at Lake Hills Community Church in Laguna Hills, California

Historical Events

  • 1987-09-01 15 year old American tennis player Michael Chang becomes youngest man to win a match at the US Open when he beats Australian Paul McNamee in 4 sets in the opening round
  • 1989-06-11 French Open Men's Tennis: American Michael Chang wins lone career Grand Slam title; beats Stefan Edberg of Sweden 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; at 17 years, 110 days, becomes youngest male to win a Grand Slam singles title
  • 1992-09-12 Stefan Edberg beats Michael Chang 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in the longest match in US Open history (5 hours, 26 minutes)
  • 1995-06-11 French Open Men's Tennis: Thomas Muster of Austria beats American Michael Chang 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 for his lone major singles title
  • 1995-11-19 Home crowd favorite Boris Becker wins his 3rd and final ATP Tour World Championship tennis title with a 7–6, 6–0, 7–6 win over American Michael Chang in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1996-01-28 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his 6th and last career Grand Slam title; beats American Michael Chang 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
  • 1996-09-08 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras retains his title; beats fellow American Michael Chang 6-1, 6-4, 7-6

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