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flashback: chang’s l.a. double

July 31, 2011

Remember when? Way back when it was called the Infinity Open (and then theĀ Mercedes Benz Cup), an American named Michael Chang snatched the Los Angeles title twice — in 1996 and 2000. 1996 was quite the summer for Chang, who shrugged off a first-round loss to Albert Costa at Wimbledon and take titles in both DC and LA before making a run to the US Open final where he lost to Pete Sampras. Including Flushing Meadows, Chang would rack up a 22-3 record that summer, helping boost him to his career-high no. 2 in September. 2000 was somewhat of a different story for the 1989 French Open winner, taking the LA title with a surprise run that saw him beat Jan-Michael Gambill in the final (remember him?!). Chang also downed Justin Gimelstob in the semis to win what would be the last of 34 career titles.

TSF Vault: Michael Chang | More Flashbacks

Off-topic: The “other” Michael Chang

(Getty Images photo)

another reebok court victory pump reissue

December 13, 2007

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Reebok keeps at the reissues with “Pump Bring Back” — a collection of its most remembered shoe models from the late 80s/early 90s. Of course, it includes another version of Michael Chang‘s Court Victory Pump. Available at XLarge, Undefeated, and Atmos.

(image via Hypebeast)

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reebok and alife keep going at it

November 29, 2007

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Once again Alife gets together with Reebok, this time presenting the Court Victory Ball Out in black and neon pink (the pink one has candy-striped soles!!). In the first Reebok x Alife collaboration, they presented the Ball Out in tennis ball yellow. Expect more styles (like this one) to drop in 2008.

As you may remember, Reebok also reissued this once Michael Chang-endorsed shoe in a glow-in-the-dark style not too long ago.

Buy: The black and pink colorways are available through Alife NYC online store for $200 a pop.

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Or you can spend less dough picking up one of the commemorative tees, available at Alife NYC, Alife LA, and Alife Vancouver.

(via Hypebeast)

chang can’t hang, drops out as shuai peng’s coach

November 25, 2007

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Could he look more bored? He saw this pic and realized that it was time to quit…

More coaching news: Michael Chang has stepped down as the tennis coach to Chinese player Shuai Peng, citing disagreements with Peng and the China Tennis Association (CTA) about how much time Chang would devote to coaching. “They wanted me to travel with her to all the events and I just don’t have the time to do that,” he said. “Obviously we would always keep our door open if she ever needs anything.”

He made this blunt announcement at a press conference for his 50-court Mission Hills Michael Chang Tennis Academy, set to open next year in southern China.

Chang is giving plenty of details on what was not working with Peng. (Basically, he wanted Peng to train harder than she wanted to.) Chang also continued to express his interest in helping CTA develop some Olympic hopefuls, especially in light of Beijing hosting the Summer Olympics next year. So far, his requests have been rebuffed.

FYI: Peng is China’s top-ranked doubles player (No. 20) and second-ranked singles player (No. 45). The WTA lists her as an amateur (can someone help me out with that one?). She plays two-handed off both wings.

(via Reuters and AP; photo via Yahoo!)

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today’s further reading

April 26, 2007

Colette Lewis at Zoo Tennis points out another tennis phenom.

Donald Young was welcomed into the Davis Cup family with a hazing ritual.

– The Toyota Celebrity Classic in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, which runs through Sunday, will have a roster including Ivan Lendl and Michael Chang. Here’s a story in the North County Times about his Chang Family Foundation, coaching Shuai Peng, etc.

– This week’s edition of the Tennis Mailbag, from Jon Wertheim.

– And today’s off-topic story comes from the BBC website, a peek into the lives of Russia’s growing list of billionaires. Many have cottages in the forests outside Moscow.

Enjoy!

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