Michael Chang's speed is legendary

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Fastest player by far I've ever seen play/practice live. His low center of gravity helped him in the speed department. Now incoming 4,000 posts claiming either Nole or Nadal were faster.

Not even close.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
Fastest player by far I've ever seen play/practice live. His low center of gravity helped him in the speed department. Now incoming 4,000 posts claiming either Nole or Nadal were faster.

Not even close.
Unfortunately, he was one of those players who peaked physically really early. By the time he was in his early 20s, he had gained 20 lbs and lost a lot of the quickness that had earned him a FO title at age 17.
 
It's definitely "Che". I am covered in shame.
Don't worry about it lol. Most people would agree about Chang's speed though.

For tennis fanatics, the name "Chang" is pretty much synonymous with speed.

edit: And just like that someone posts before me and doesn't agree. I am covered in shame.
 
Unfortunately, he was one of those players who peaked physically really early. By the time he was in his early 20s, he had gained 20 lbs and lost a lot of the quickness that had earned him a FO title at age 17.
For similar reasons, Becker wasn't as close to his best as were most of his contemporaries to theirs from about the age of 23 onwards.
 

mental midget

Hall of Fame
yeah, off the mark i think he's about as fast as anybody's ever been, maybe the fastest. unbelievably explosive. honorable mention to phau, hewitt, maybe from what i've seen.

which isn't to say he could get to the most balls--i think some of the taller guys could ultimately cover more court. in that category, have to go with nadal, edberg, pete, novak, monfils.

borg i think sits in the middle of that group--was lightning fast off the mark but also had great total court coverage. maybe not tops in either but together, puts him very close to the top of the overall 'fast guys' list. same kind of story for de minaur, i have seen that guy do some pretty incredible scrambling.
 

ZanderGoga

Semi-Pro
Very, very quick. Great change of direction. Great and unstoppable hustle and determination.

Despite all that, he actually wasn't particularly fast. This is just the tennis public jumping on everything announcers tell them and believing it without the slightest hint of common sense ever entering their empty minds.

Chang was a four foot nothing, stumpy Asian guy with awkward proportions. He was literally built to be slow. Put him in a sprint with Borg or Monfils, he doesn't finish in the same calendar month as they do. Hell, Steffi would give him a run for his money as she had bona fide Olympian hopeful speed in her prime. He wasn't the fastest guy on the court in his most famous match; Lendl was. But big thighs and a Bud Collins soundbyte or thirty go a long way.

Speed is probably the most overrated commodity in tennis anyway. Most players only end up in a dead sprint once every handful of matches, anyway. And by the time you do, the point is already lost 99 times out of 100.
 
Very, very quick. Great change of direction. Great and unstoppable hustle and determination.

Despite all that, he actually wasn't particularly fast. This is just the tennis public jumping on everything announcers tell them and believing it without the slightest hint of common sense ever entering their empty minds.

Chang was a four foot nothing, stumpy Asian guy with awkward proportions. He was literally built to be slow. Put him in a sprint with Borg or Monfils, he doesn't finish in the same calendar month as they do. Hell, Steffi would give him a run for his money as she had bona fide Olympian hopeful speed in her prime. He wasn't the fastest guy on the court in his most famous match; Lendl was. But big thighs and a Bud Collins soundbyte or thirty go a long way.

Speed is probably the most overrated commodity in tennis anyway. Most players only end up in a dead sprint once every handful of matches, anyway. And by the time you do, the point is already lost 99 times out of 100.
OK guy.
 

jdawgg

Rookie
Very, very quick. Great change of direction. Great and unstoppable hustle and determination.

Despite all that, he actually wasn't particularly fast. This is just the tennis public jumping on everything announcers tell them and believing it without the slightest hint of common sense ever entering their empty minds.

Chang was a four foot nothing, stumpy Asian guy with awkward proportions. He was literally built to be slow. Put him in a sprint with Borg or Monfils, he doesn't finish in the same calendar month as they do. Hell, Steffi would give him a run for his money as she had bona fide Olympian hopeful speed in her prime. He wasn't the fastest guy on the court in his most famous match; Lendl was. But big thighs and a Bud Collins soundbyte or thirty go a long way.

Speed is probably the most overrated commodity in tennis anyway. Most players only end up in a dead sprint once every handful of matches, anyway. And by the time you do, the point is already lost 99 times out of 100.
Yes, very quick but probably a low top speed compared to taller players, true.

Chang was 5' 9", which is the average height in the US. Obviously short for high level tennis. No need for all the angst, hope everything's okay with you my man.

Do you mean top speed is overrated in tennis? People conflate speed and quickness definitely. Acceleration and change of direction is massive in tennis. Top speed not as much but seems to be more important now with how far guys sit behind the baseline and have to race a long distance to get a drop shot. Back in Chang's day guys sat more on the baseline, definitely not all that important.
 

Jason Swerve

Professional
He did have poor speed. His hectic footwork is what cost him in the '90s by way of a failing body. What he had in his favor was quickness- meaning the same thing Martinka had: a strong anticipation for the ball. Not as strong as hers and with inferior stepping, and that isn't something a few hours of ladder drills can teach you. If he did have her footwork, he'd have overtaken Sampras in majors.
 

chazz

Rookie
Chang was 5' 9", which is the average height in the US. Obviously short for high level tennis. No need for all the angst, hope everything's okay with you my man.
I think he was even shorter than that even though that was his ATP listed height. Chang had a pretty good career, won a major and hung around in the top ten a decent number of years.
 

skaj

Legend
Fastest player by far I've ever seen play/practice live. His low center of gravity helped him in the speed department. Now incoming 4,000 posts claiming either Nole or Nadal were faster.

Not even close.
Not sure if he was faster than c.2005 Nadal. Chang was quicker, but you have to take Nadal's larger step into consideration.
 

SVP

Semi-Pro
I saw him in the 90s at the old UCLA Volvo Tournament. Just remember a blur as he buzzed around the court like Dash from The Incredibles.
 
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