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Michael Chang - "Na Li can win the olympics" (mentions Sharapova, JHH and Momo)

SHANGHAI, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Former French Open champion Michael Chang has been frustrated in his attempts to offer the benefit of his experience to China's Olympic tennis players.

The Chinese-American has been in his parents' homeland for six weeks and despite his best efforts only got to meet Sun Jingfang of the China Tennis Association (CTA) earlier this week.

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"I feel a bit frustrated," Chang told reporters at the Masters Cup, adding that he was unimpressed with state media reports of his meeting with the CTA director.

"It made it sound like I was applying for a job ... If she's thinking that I was applying for a job, that's not the case," he said.

"My guess is that she has some reservations, she mentioned that I was obviously a good tennis player but didn't have any experience as a coach.

"I don't necessarily agree with her opinion on that."

Chang, who extended his trip to China to commentate on the season-ending tournament for a local TV station, thinks he is in a unique position to help the country's top players.

"I thought it would be a good thing to share some of my experiences on the tour with the players to help them get to the next level," said the former world number two, who retired in 2003 after 15 years as a professional.

"I had expressed my interest in the possibility of training with the Olympic team for 2008 but it's getting late now," he added.

"Clearly the women's team have the best chance of winning gold, they already have a doubles gold from the Athens Games, but in the singles they have good players like Li Na and Peng Shuai."

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However good they are, Chang said, to win gold on home soil in 2008 they would have to beat the likes of Maria Sharapova, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Amelie Mauresmo.

"This is where I think I can help," he said. "Li Na is capable of beating the best players in the world but you've got to play smart.


"I know they've got good coaches and they've done good things but I don't think they necessarily have the experience to take the players to the next level.

"The best players are the best players because they can handle the pressure of life on the tour."

Chang said he was not taking up an offer to go to the Jiangmen training camp because he needed to return to the U.S. for Thanksgiving.

"The Beijing Olympics are a once in a lifetime opportunity for China to show what it can do," said the 34-year-old, whose 106-year-old great grandmother still lives in Guangdong province.

"In my mind for them to win a gold medal, especially in tennis, would be a wonderful thing and that's why I want to help."

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Re: Michael Chang - "Na Li can win the olympics" (mentions Sharapova, JHH and Momo)

mmmmmmmm sexy
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His grandma is 106?
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blech... I never liked Michael Chang. He's starting to come off as really arrogant here.
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Chang was a better player than anyone China has ever produced. They should have enlisted him to help the team
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I think he is going to find CTA very difficult to work with. Either he will get frustrated and break, or he has the ability to work through it. If it happens, should be a good experience for CTA to release some control.

If he is not applying for a coach position, then he should make it crystal clear what he is asking for.

And if he does take a role there, I would like him to clarify that his purpose is for working on tennis only, not to spread his religion. Everything you read about Chang states that his number one goal in life is to spread his religion; even his family has funded a foundation for this reason. If spreading his religion to what he considers godless China is his secret priority, that would be very unfortunate and I hope CTA puts him on the first plane home.

Hopefully Chang and CTA can improve communications and work something out. But he must be willing to work with all of the players, and if Na has a coaching situation she is already happy with, then allow her to remain with that coach. If he expects to cherry-pick or only wants to work with Na then he needs to make that clear too.

Sounds like a communication problem, at the bottom line.
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I think he is going to find CTA very difficult to work with. Either he will get frustrated and break, or he has the ability to work through it. If it happens, should be a good experience for CTA to release some control.

If he is not applying for a coach position, then he should make it crystal clear what he is asking for.

And if he does take a role there, I would like him to clarify that his purpose is for working on tennis only, not to spread his religion. Everything you read about Chang states that his number one goal in life is to spread his religion; even his family has funded a foundation for this reason. If spreading his religion to what he considers godless China is his secret priority, that would be very unfortunate and I hope CTA puts him on the first plane home.

Hopefully Chang and CTA can improve communications and work something out. But he must be willing to work with all of the players, and if Na has a coaching situation she is already happy with, then allow her to remain with that coach. If he expects to cherry-pick or only wants to work with Na then he needs to make that clear too.

Sounds like a communication problem, at the bottom line.
Well said. His purpose has to be clear: he is in China to work on tennis, not to spread religion. I hope he is aware of that.
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I think Michael Chang is being a little insulting.
Li Na plays pretty smart tennis and continues to work on her volleys in doubles.
Maybe he can help Li Na on the mental side because I think Li Na has one of the best technically sound groundstrokes in all the women's game.

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It's great that Michael Chang has opinions but obviously the CTA don't want to hear them so maybe he should wait until his services are requested rather than sticking his nose in where it's not really wanted.

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I dont know if he does or not, but Chang should help Vania King, a fellow Asian-American.... but maybe it doesnt matter cuz she's Taiwanese & not Chinese

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LMAO Na Li could win the olympics.......................................... ......

yeah right.

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in dubz maybe, in singles no way
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How about the article titles doesn't put quotes around 'Na Li can win the olympics' since he never says that. Put his real quote in, but dont put words in his mouth.
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How about the article titles doesn't put quotes around 'Na Li can win the olympics' since he never says that. Put his real quote in, but dont put words in his mouth.
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