Tennis pro Michael Chang knows the glare of the spotlight of being one of the world's greatest tennis athletes, and an Asian American. He was only fifteen years old when he turned pro.
He spoke with ESPN's Kenton Wong about the added pressures he experienced when he began his pro career in 1988. He also disclosed to Wong that he spoke with Jeremy Lin before Lin's rookie season with the Golden State Warriors, pre-Linsanity.
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In 1987, Michael Chang was the youngest player to win a main draw match at the U.S. Open and the youngest to reach a Tour semifinal. Becoming the youngest French Open / Grand Slam Champion ever in 1989, he then became the youngest to rank in the Top 5. Chang ended an American drought at the French Open, when he became the first American male to win the tournament since 1955. In 1991 he reached the quarterfinals or better in 13 tournaments. On the court, Michael's real strength is his return game. Chang was considered one of the fastest players on the circuit, possessing an all-court game.
Source: Michael Chang's official website www.mchang.com