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DavyJone96431
Nov 20th, 2006, 02:10 AM
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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DavyJone96431
Nov 20th, 2006, 02:11 AM
mmmmmmmm sexy

morningglory
Nov 20th, 2006, 02:35 AM
His grandma is 106? :eek:

jazzfuzion
Nov 20th, 2006, 02:37 AM
hardly surprising

dansnewbeg
Nov 20th, 2006, 03:19 AM
blech... I never liked Michael Chang. He's starting to come off as really arrogant here.

Experimentee
Nov 20th, 2006, 12:58 PM
Chang was a better player than anyone China has ever produced. They should have enlisted him to help the team :rolleyes:

drake3781
Nov 20th, 2006, 01:07 PM
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.

Ellery
Nov 20th, 2006, 01:10 PM
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.

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 20th, 2006, 02:30 PM
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.

Fantastic
Nov 20th, 2006, 02:51 PM
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.

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 20th, 2006, 02:56 PM
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 :o

tenn_ace
Nov 20th, 2006, 03:22 PM
LMAO Na Li could win the olympics.......................................... ......

yeah right.

Shoulderpova
Nov 20th, 2006, 03:23 PM
in dubz maybe, in singles no way :wavey:

Ryan
Nov 20th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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.

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 20th, 2006, 03:35 PM
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.

;) thanks for catching that hot stuff

drake3781
Nov 20th, 2006, 06:04 PM
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.

You are the second person who finds him insulting... I don't think he means to come across this way, and it could be as a result of the way these articles are being written.

I actually clearly see what he sees: Na Li a prodigy with a large amount of potential, some of it being wasted as time passes for her, by a less than top-notch coaching and training regimen.

That's not to say that it's a bad program - Na is doing quite well - but China's program is developing rather than mature. Michael wants to help improve it.

Don't see anything wrong with that; but it can seem arrogant to say, especially if people are looking for a reason to take offense.

If CTA doesn't want him, I have a suggestion:

Want to see someone move up the rankings F-A-S-T, with just a bit of coaching, skills training, and general attention? Contact Agkul Ammanmuradova.

Slumpsova
Nov 20th, 2006, 06:09 PM
You are the second person who finds him insulting... I don't think he means to come across this way, and it could be as a result of the way these articles are being written.

I actually clearly see what he sees: Na Li a prodigy with a large amount of potential, some of it being wasted as time passes for her, by a less than top-notch coaching and training regimen.

That's not to say that it's a bad program - Na is doing quite well - but China's program is developing rather than mature. Michael wants to help improve it.

Don't see anything wrong with that; but it can seem arrogant to say, especially if people are looking for a reason to take offense.

If CTA doesn't want him, I have a suggestion:

Want to see someone move up the rankings F-A-S-T, with just a bit of coaching, skills training, and general attention? Contact Agkul Ammanmuradova.
why is Agkul so great? :confused:

Viktymise
Nov 20th, 2006, 06:11 PM
I honestly think think Zheng has as good a chance to win 2008 Olympics as Li

Ellery
Nov 20th, 2006, 06:11 PM
Akgul is really talented, IMO.

yukon145
Nov 20th, 2006, 06:42 PM
Chang should be trying to help American tennis. who supported him during his career? oh yeah, the USTA.

drake3781
Nov 20th, 2006, 06:44 PM
why is Agkul so great? :confused:

I'm not saying she is great - now - I'm saying if Chang is looking for a player with a huge gap between current ability and potential, that he can help close, Agkul is the one I suggest. (If it doesn't work out with CTA).

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 20th, 2006, 07:44 PM
Chang should be trying to help American tennis. who supported him during his career? oh yeah, the USTA.

ya TOTALLY.... if he wants to get racial/ancestrous about it he could at least help like Vania King or Meilen Tu though she's getting kind of old... and are both Taiwanese not mainland Chinese... which i guess makes a difference :o

QUEENLINDSAY
Nov 20th, 2006, 07:45 PM
what? he wants to steal the limelight now?
where was he when Chinese does'nt even have any top 50 player.
He only comes because he saw opportunity to shine.

If he really have acre for Tennis China, he should have suported them eversince and carried the Chinese flag when he was on tour.

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 20th, 2006, 07:49 PM
what? he wants to steal the limelight now?
where was he when Chinese does'nt even have any top 50 player.
He only comes because he saw opportunity to shine.

If he really have acre for Tennis China, he should have suported them eversince and carried the Chinese flag when he was on tour.

u know, it seems kind of unfair to assume that, but you bring up something that should be mentioned. :worship: :worship: :worship:

i dont know if its so much for stealing the limelight but more so for just utilizing opportunity for when it comes. if china had a lot of money and funding back when Chang had talent, would he have carried the Chinese Flag? it's possible. seems possible that his true heart is with china, not with america.

drake3781
Nov 21st, 2006, 02:42 AM
"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.



A lingering question: what is he asking for, if not a job? Just an opportunity to help? Would it be unpaid?

ZeroSOFInfinity
Nov 21st, 2006, 04:12 AM
Li Na winning gold in 2008?

Sure she can... if the 3 players Michael mentioned does not play...

I think there's a better chance of China winning gold in the doubles...

jas_aussie
Nov 21st, 2006, 04:17 AM
:tape: Li Na will never beat a inform top 30 player honestly (i'm sorry)

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 21st, 2006, 04:45 AM
A lingering question: what is he asking for, if not a job? Just an opportunity to help? Would it be unpaid?

an unpaid internship

Pasta-Na
Nov 21st, 2006, 05:00 AM
:tape: Li Na will never beat a inform top 30 player honestly (i'm sorry)

she def many top 20 players this year :rolleyes:

think first before talking :weirdo:

Pasta-Na
Nov 21st, 2006, 05:02 AM
Li Na winning gold in 2008?

Sure she can... if the 3 players Michael mentioned does not play...

I think there's a better chance of China winning gold in the doubles...

lets see how she will be doing in 2007 before making ur judgement :o

treufreund
Nov 21st, 2006, 05:24 AM
Michael to me just seems like he loves china more than USA. :sad: He comes across arrogant and is a bible thumper. Ugh!

jas_aussie
Nov 21st, 2006, 05:29 AM
she def many top 20 players this year :rolleyes:

think first before talking :weirdo:

umm i said inform when she beat them they weren't inform!! learn to read:rolleyes:

brunof
Nov 21st, 2006, 05:30 AM
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 :o

:confused: Does that mean that Mashona should start working with Richard? :o:help:

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 21st, 2006, 05:35 AM
:confused: Does that mean that Mashona should start working with Richard? :o:help:

lol ur missing the point.... and the points of other earlier comments in this thread

Michael Chang fought under American flag, got support from USTA... so i'm seeing why he can't help King and Tu who are asian under the american flag, not under another flag. but i guess 100% full ethnicity has priority over nationality

brunof
Nov 21st, 2006, 05:39 AM
You are the second person who finds him insulting... I don't think he means to come across this way, and it could be as a result of the way these articles are being written.

I actually clearly see what he sees: Na Li a prodigy with a large amount of potential, some of it being wasted as time passes for her, by a less than top-notch coaching and training regimen.

That's not to say that it's a bad program - Na is doing quite well - but China's program is developing rather than mature. Michael wants to help improve it.

Don't see anything wrong with that; but it can seem arrogant to say, especially if people are looking for a reason to take offense.

If CTA doesn't want him, I have a suggestion:

Want to see someone move up the rankings F-A-S-T, with just a bit of coaching, skills training, and general attention? Contact Agkul Ammanmuradova.

Poor Akgul. I wish she could find some direction in her career. Or someone would do it for her. :sad:

Buitenzorg
Nov 21st, 2006, 05:50 AM
She can, but she won't! if all of TOP 16 players are competing ;)

QUEENLINDSAY
Nov 21st, 2006, 05:55 AM
come on guys! Na li can do anything the top players does on court.

Im not saying she will win coz I think her chance is not that high.

But look at nicolas massu as an example.

never say never!

Pasta-Na
Nov 21st, 2006, 08:54 PM
umm i said inform when she beat them they weren't inform!! learn to read:rolleyes:

:haha: they were not in form? :tape:

Pasta-Na
Nov 21st, 2006, 08:56 PM
come on, na li! :fiery: prove them wrong and dominate 2007 :bounce:

DavyJone96431
Nov 21st, 2006, 09:21 PM
blah blah blah.....

Blow me

timafi
Nov 21st, 2006, 09:47 PM
Blow me

:eek: :speakles: :tape: :spit: :lol: :lol: :lol: :haha: :haha: :haha: :rolls: :rolls: :rolls: :rolls: :rolls:

Goai
Nov 21st, 2006, 10:01 PM
I don't see anything wrong with helping China. Obviously he knows how to speak the language (Mandarin or whichever dialect they mostly speak in that region) and maybe it seemed like a good deal at the time. Countries get coaches from other countries all the time, in any sport really. I don't think it has to do with betraying the USA or not wanting to help Taiwanese American players. And if he were to teach American players, I'm sure he shouldn't just focus on "Asian looking" people or only China Chinese people. These views are preposterous.

njnetswill
Nov 21st, 2006, 11:51 PM
If Massu/Gonzalez can sweep the Golds on the men's side, I don't see why Li Na can't win the gold too.;)

Ferosh
Dec 5th, 2006, 06:59 PM
Not if today's performance is any indication. :rolls:

pierce0415
Dec 5th, 2006, 07:00 PM
Not if today's performance is any indication. :rolls:

are you an idiot? today's match was part of a team competition ... Michael Chang was talking about individual competition ... these are 2 different things

NyCPsU
Dec 5th, 2006, 07:15 PM
Not if today's performance is any indication. :rolls:

:worship::worship::worship::worship::worship:

surely she cant after a loss like this
lets hope she isnt facing iroda for the the gold in 08 :tape:

Paul.
Dec 5th, 2006, 07:32 PM
everyone has off days :shrug:

i dont know why people are making such a big deal out of this loss

morningglory
Dec 5th, 2006, 07:39 PM
Let's just see her win the Asian Games singles where she is one of the top faves first b4 we go to the Olympics... :tape:

CoryAnnAvants#1
Dec 5th, 2006, 10:10 PM
I can see why the CTA would be reluctant to hire him. Being a great tennis player does not make you a great coach. Look at Nick Bolletieri. He's one of the best all-time coaches and he can't even hold a rally with his juniors.

Michael Chang has never coached a day in his life. Not even a clinic. And now he's going to coach the Chinese National team? It's easy to sit back and observe what a player is doing wrong. We all do that every day on this board. It's another thing to actually fix it. Very few (if any) of us are qualified to do that.

The fact that he declined to attend the training camp either speaks volumes. That was a trial run. If he did a good job, they would've hired him. He basically told them to fuck off because he was going home for Thanksgiving. That basically shows he's not willing to take the necessary steps for the job (ie move to China FULL TIME. It seems like he wants to take on the role of consultant.)

I don't think he's out to make the CTA a Bible camp by any stretch. He seems genuinely interested in helping Chinese tennis improve and I appreciate that. But his credentials are zilch. It'd be the equivalent of me applying for the job.