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michaellashan
07-13-2008, 10:18 AM
Thought some of you would find this interesting. Here is an Associated Press pic of Chang playing with a Babolat followed by an article about the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080713/capt.6a8a6cfec3994283b01cdee0c49c0140.hall_of_fame _tennis_induction_riea102.jpg

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=Aj8qAhBBQaa7tDCGoMO9.0k4v7YF?slug=ap-halloffame-induction&prov=ap&type=lgns

Here is the article minus pictures.......

Chang inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

Jul 12, 3:38 pm EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP)—Michael Chang finds it appropriate he’s receiving his sport’s highest honor as China awaits the Olympics.

Chang was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday and reflected on his experiences as a Chinese-American athlete. He won the 1989 French Open at age 17—the youngest man to win a major—as the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing were escalating into bloodshed.

“For me, at the French Open, if I wasn’t playing my match I was glued to CNN watching the events unfold,” Chang said during a news conference before his induction. “The crackdown actually happened that Sunday of the French Open.”

Inducted posthumously were contributors Mark McCormack and Eugene Scott. Scott, the founder, editor and publisher during his 30 years at Tennis Week, was presented by John McEnroe. Monica Seles presented McCormack, the founder of International Management Group.

Unlike his days on the court, the 36-year-old Chang had the spotlight all to himself Saturday, not having to share the moment with the likes of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl and Boris Becker.

“I think any generation that follows our generation—its tough to compete,” he said. “As an athlete, I used my speed, agility and quickness to go out and play against the big guys.”

Chang finished with 34 titles. He was a finalist at the 1995 French Open, 1996 U.S. Open and 1996 Australian Open. He became the first American to win the French since Tony Trabert in 1955.

“For me, I think the Lord wanted me to win to put a smile on Chinese people’s faces,” he said.

Now, China hosts the Olympics next month.

“I think it’s a very special year for Beijing,” Chang said. “I’m really excited for what’s going to happen for China. I was acting as an ambassador to help China get the bid.”

Seles recalled how Scott helped her after she was stabbed in the back by a spectator during a 1993 match in Germany.

“When I was No. 1 in the world after I got stabbed,” she said, “he was there as a friend.”

Dan007
07-13-2008, 10:29 AM
i also see some lead tape there on 3 o' clock

mistapooh
07-13-2008, 10:41 AM
Geeze, the guy looks like he's in his late 40s. I thought his fiancee was just a girl presenting a plaque or something. Got to wear my sunscreen more often....

AJK1
07-13-2008, 04:32 PM
I have lead tape in the same position on my APDC. It works well.

Fedace
07-13-2008, 04:48 PM
Is that the Extended version ?

Lindsay
07-13-2008, 05:17 PM
why is it blue on top?

herosol
07-13-2008, 10:28 PM
my name is michael chang

i use. APDC

O SNAP!!!!!

chopstik
07-13-2008, 10:38 PM
i always wondered why chang never used a wider, more powerful racquet.....he was always looking for ways to get more power, but always stick to a thin beam frame....i think his strokes wouldve benefitted from a wider raqeut....he mightve been able to keep up with the harder hitters towards the end of his career when he was getting blown off the court...i could be wrong though

lacoster
07-14-2008, 07:56 PM
i always wondered why chang never used a wider, more powerful racquet.....he was always looking for ways to get more power, but always stick to a thin beam frame....i think his strokes wouldve benefitted from a wider raqeut....he mightve been able to keep up with the harder hitters towards the end of his career when he was getting blown off the court...i could be wrong though

He did....Check this out:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1840000/images/_1842737_chang300.jpg

!<-_->!
07-14-2008, 10:45 PM
The pattern looks really dense in that picture of him with a Pure Drive.

!Tym
07-14-2008, 11:12 PM
i always wondered why chang never used a wider, more powerful racquet.....he was always looking for ways to get more power, but always stick to a thin beam frame....i think his strokes wouldve benefitted from a wider raqeut....he mightve been able to keep up with the harder hitters towards the end of his career when he was getting blown off the court...i could be wrong though

Chang's racket was plenty powerful, he just lost his first step after his MCL tore on him. Actually, as Courier as pointed out, he thought that Chang's search for more power off the frame with the longbody racket actually hurt him more than it helped him because although it gave him a little more pop, he felt that it made him an easier foe because he was so much more inconsistent with it and one of Chang's biggest assests was his consistency.

With the Babolat, Chang not only sprayed the ball a lot more he also wasn't as quick either which only magnified this fact. Chang used to be a human back ball, he turned into a human gimme pig when he switched to Babolat.

OrangeOne
07-14-2008, 11:22 PM
^^ Back Ball?? Gimme Pig??.

Hmm.

Anyways - nice article....

hlkimfung
07-15-2008, 10:36 PM
http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x37/acurakim/Image028.jpg

Paper Chang with a Aero Drive and peanuts

TennisLover17
07-16-2008, 10:17 AM
http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x37/acurakim/Image028.jpg

Paper Chang with a Aero Drive and peanuts

Lol that made my day