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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old May 27th, 2003, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone else find the Chang thing excessive?

He had a great career, but it seems like every tournament there's a ceremony and so on. I don't remember such year-long hoopla for anyone else.
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Me as well. I think it's because he announced his retirement a year before he stopped playing which was a good idea...unlike Steffi and Arantxa who announced retirement so suddenly...it would have been great to see Arantxa being honored here in Paris. But :sad for Michael..

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I'm sad for him too, but a lot of champions have retired and I don't remember so many ceremonies, I know of at least four so far: Memphis, Indian Wells, Key Biscayne, paris
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No, it is not excessive at all. Ceremonies were done for NOVOTNA as well who also only won one GS. As well ASV. Chang was number 2 for SEVEN YEARS and is very admired at Roland Garros. To let him walk off the court without honoring him would have been classless. EMOTION and APPRECIATION is a BIG PART of tennis. NOT JUST SERVES and FOREHANDS!!!!!!!!
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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old May 27th, 2003, 04:36 PM
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The ceremonies being done at different tourneys is LOGICAL considering he is AMERICAN and there are DIFFERENT SPECTATORS at different tourneys. Also he WON ROLAND GARROS so it is only fitting to have a ceremony here especially since is the YOUNGEST CHAMPION ever!

Also very glad that FABRICE won and he was VERY VERY kind and classy. Only fitting that Michael would play his last match against A frenchman that he has known for a long time.
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old May 27th, 2003, 04:51 PM
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Edberg in 96 had a ceremony too.
Pfff another player of my favourite generation has gone .
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Chang deserved this ceremony. It was one of the matches here on Center Court (89 SF vs Lendl, and then his winning in F) that won't be forgotten. Perhaps you have ?!?

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Martina Navratilova had a whole year of celebrations the year she retired.
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raquel has no idea what she is talking about! The Mens Tennis forum has nothing but LOVE to offer!
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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old May 29th, 2003, 04:50 AM
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I don't know about the other celebrations, but the one in Paris was the right thing to do...

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You obviously have no idea what he did when he won the final in 89. He forever cemented himself in the hearts of the French people. I remember watching that tournament and watching both the Lendl and Edberg match...it was probably one of the most memorable, gutsiest matches I have EVER seen. It literally was David vs. Goliath out there. The ceremony was deserved...he has had a great career, and probably one of the most respectful players ever. You don't get many like that...
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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old May 30th, 2003, 12:43 PM
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And after RG'89, the mayor's wife told me that she thought that I looked a bit like Chang Well - I look like him as much as any of the 2 billion yellow people on this Earth

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post #13 of 27 (permalink) Old May 30th, 2003, 03:10 PM
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Yea, it's a bit much. It's like one long drawn out pity party. Just quit allready.
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post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old May 30th, 2003, 06:45 PM
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Chang for the last six years has done everything to try and draw attention to himself -

but the RG ceremony was deserved.
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post #15 of 27 (permalink) Old May 31st, 2003, 12:24 AM
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Its sad because a good player should retire while he/she is still in form. Chang is chanshing hard lately
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