Popular Tennis Player Michael Chang

Michael Chang

Michael Chang, an American Tennis star, is the youngest player in the history of the game to win a Grand Slam title. He has been among the world’s top ten players for many years. However, he never hit the World No. 1 as his best ever was World No. 2.

Chang was only 16 when he won his first major title at San Francisco in 1988. A year later, he won the French Open by beating Stefan Edberg.  Another reason he was popular was the fact that no one had ever won a French Open since 1955. He was listed in top 5 players in the world, which was a record for being so young.

Chang couldn’t continue his career on the high as he showed in his early years. He reached French Open final in 1995 but lost in the final. Although he had beaten tougher opponents in previous matches, his performance in the final was heavily criticized.

Chang also reached finals of US Open and Australian Open in 1996 but unfortunately lost to Boris Becker in Australian Open and Pete Sampras in the US Open. Had he won any of these Grand Slams, he would have achieved World No. 1 rank but it wasn’t to be.

He retired from the sport in 2003 after failing to win anything major for three years.

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

French Open or Roland Garros is one of the biggest tennis tournaments and is the only one to be played on clay court. Roland Garros is the name given to stadium after Roland Garros, who was the aviation pioneer and was the first to fly Mediterranean. Some of the interesting facts related to Roland Garros or French Open tennis tournament are:

1)      The French Open tennis tournament is 110 years old. The first Roland Garros tournament took place in 1891 as a national championship and got the international status in year 1925.

2)      Born Borg has won the French Open tennis tournament championship for men’s single a record six times.

3)      Suzanne Lenglen in 1926 won the women’s French Open title in 27 minutes.

4)      Althea Gibson, an American player was the first black tennis player to win the French Open in year 1956.

5)      In the final match of 1966, Istvan agreed to delay the match for 24 hours so that Tony Roche would get over his ankle injury. This agreement on Istvan’s part however allowed Tony to win the title.

6)      As of 2006, the last six men’s Roland Garros tournaments were won by the tennis players who won no other grand slams.

7)      Michael Chang became the youngest French Open tennis champion when he defeated Stefan Edberg 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the age of 17 years, 3 months in 1989.

8)      Monica Seles is the youngest women to have won French Open tennis championship when she defeated Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4 at the age of 16 years 6 months.

Monica Seles also holds the record. tied with Henin to win the French Open consecutively for three years.

 

Record Holders of French Open (Men)

by on May 26, 2009
in Record Holders

Record Holders of French Open (Men), Rafael Nadal

The history of the French Open Tennis  is full of ups and downs. Some became kings and for some there was nothing. Looking at the record book of the French Open Tennis, Bjorn Borg with six single titles and Henri Cochet with four hold the top two slots. Rafael Nadal stands by them as he has broken equalled the record of Bjorn with 6 titles. Nadal has already bagged 6 consecutive French Open Tennis titles and is eyeing for a 7th one. Again, most consecutive titles are held by Bjorn Borg, which is now shared by Rafael Nadal. At the Roland Garros, Henri Cochet has won the most titles in all events where he has won four singles, three doubles and two mixed.

The most Open Era match-winning Tennis player was Guillermo Vilas with stats of 56-17 followed by Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi registering corresponding figures of 53-12 and 51-15. The double title ace goes to Roy Emerson as he has won six double titles in the French Open. The youngest tennis champion at the Roland Garros was Michael Chang, who won the trophy in 1989 at the age of 17 years and 3 months; Mats Wilander is the next champion to follow who at the age of 17 years and 9 months created history in 1982. Bjorn Borg won the French Open crown in 1974 at the age of 18 years.

Babolat Tennis

Babolat Tennis

Babolat is one of the leading makers of tennis, squash and badminton racquets in the world today with its tennis products enjoying a world-wide customer base. It is a French-based company and boasts of an impressive display of names on its customer list, which include, Carlos Moya, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, Robby Ginepri and the like. The first strings were made by this company when Pierce Babolat made them out of natural gut. This was in 1875. The main aim of this company was focussed only in making strings until 1994 when it decided to shift its interests towards becoming a sole “tennis” company. This meant that the market saw the inflow of Babolat tennis racquets which went on to become a huge rage in the European market. They were later introduced in Japan before making their presence felt in USA in 2000. The company first became famous in tennis racquet production in North America and Europe and soon it was getting identified by the dozen by its characteristic double stringed layout. Apart from this, the frame was of the racquet had a distinct feel to it which made it a favourite with many top tennis players. Tennis and its equipment is always fun! 

The Beijing Tennis Open

The Beijing Tennis Open

The Beijing Tennis Open, or the China Open as it is now popularly known is a professional tennis tournament which is played annually in September. It is played in the Olympic Green Centre in Beijing, China. It was initiated in the year 1993 and continued to operate till 1998. But then in 1998, it was removed from the ATP tourney for reasons undisclosed and reinstated in 2004 when popular demand made the organisers decide to bring it back. It was one of the maiden tennis tournaments which were played in Asia. Along with the Qatar Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships, the Beijing Tennis Open was one of the few championships which the ATP had decided to start as part of the Asia tournament itinerary. After its reinstallation, the Beijing Tennis Open has been made a part of both the ATP and the WTA. This tournament is famous for being the only championship outside the USA to use the services of the Hawk-Eye technology to find out line call errors. Michael Chang is the only player who has won consecutive three titles in both the singles and the doubles format of the game. This tournament is one of the most important Asian tennis tournaments. It is highly recognized and awaited due to its competitive nature.