24 Facts About Michael Chang

1. On October 18, 2008, Michael Chang married Amber Liu, a professional tennis player.

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2. Michael Chang has a passion for breeding African cichlids in several large freshwater aquariums at his home.

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3. Michael Chang is an avid fisherman who often takes fishing trips while traveling.

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4. In 2001, Michael Chang served as a goodwill ambassador for the 2008 Beijing Olympic bid committee.

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5. Michael Chang has served as a national spokesman for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in the US.

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6. Michael Chang was one of five athletes named in the second annual "Most Caring Athlete" list by USA Today Weekend in 1995.

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7. Michael Chang has supported grassroots tennis development in Asia through his Stars of the Future program in Hong Kong and the Reebok Challenge across Asia.

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8. Michael Chang started using the Prince "Precision Michael Chang Graphite" 28-inch signature racket in 1994, which was an inch longer than the standard model.

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9. Michael Chang signed a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Reebok in 1988; he wore Reebok apparel and Reebok Court Victory Pumps shoes during his tennis career and used Prince rackets on court.

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10. Michael Chang defeated Eduardo Masso, Pete Sampras and Francisco Roig, dropping only one set, in reaching the fourth round.

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11. Michael Chang is one of a few players to win ATP titles in three different decades.

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12. Michael Chang was a year-end top-ten player for six consecutive years in the 1990s, a feat matched in the decade only by Pete Sampras.

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13. Michael Chang was the second player to be beaten by Andy Roddick in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, in the second round of the French Open in 2001.

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14. Michael Chang was the first player to be beaten by Roger Federer in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, at the 2000 Australian Open.

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15. Michael Chang was introduced to tennis by his father Joe, who was his first coach.

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16. Michael Chang chose to skip the 1996 Summer Olympics despite the fact that the event was held in Atlanta and that he would have been the tournament's number-one seed.

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17. Michael Chang represented the US in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, reaching the second round before being eliminated by Jaime Oncins.

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18. Michael Chang was on the US team which won the World Team Cup in 1993.

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19. Michael Chang was a key member of the US team which won the Davis Cup in 1990.

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20. Michael Chang won his first top-level singles title in 1988 at San Francisco, aged 16 years and 7 months.

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21. Michael Chang won his first national title, the USTA Junior Hard Court singles, at the age of 12.

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22. Michael Chang was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1972 to Joe Chang and Betty (董良因, nee Tung).

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23. Michael Chang was a three-time runner-up at the majors and reached a career best ranking of world No 2 in 1996.

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24. Michael Chang won 34 top-level professional singles titles, including the 1989 French Open when he was 17.

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