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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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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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Edberg in 96 had a ceremony too.
Pfff another player of my favourite generation has gone :sad:.
 

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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 ?!? :rolleyes:

No, the French spectators know what they wil miss ( :sad: ) with these greats stepping back ...
 

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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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And after RG'89, the mayor's wife told me that she thought that I looked a bit like Chang :rolleyes: Well - I look like him as much as any of the 2 billion yellow people on this Earth
 

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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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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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what the?


Chang loves the game of tennis. He ran miles on the court and worked hard during his years on the tour. He posessed suberb tennis etiquette. He is what tennis is about.

The Farewell Tour is for US the fans. He is giving thanks to the people who liked to watch him play the game.

WELL DESERVED and I think alot of people forget what tennis is about these days.

CHANG=CLASS
 

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I'm tired of it too. Hee. He's won 1 grand
slam and is milking it to the zenith. Enough
already. I hate to tell him; but now that I
live in Asia let me tell you that Chang isn't
as well received nor that beloved as some
Western tv critics, and tv commentators
say. Blah, Blah, Blah, an inspiration for
Asian tennis, blah, blah, a hero in Asia
Blah, blah.

1) My friends who are Asian American never
really liked Chang that much. He came
off as too smug- a smarty pants you might
say.

2) Kimiko Date is the real Asian tennis star
in Asia. Not Michael Chang!!! Ok. Ask
any tennis fan in practically every country
except India- and they will say that
the tennis player that they cheered for
and was inspired by was Kimiko Date.

3) Chang being an Chinese- American did
have some what of a following in Hong
Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.

4) All that Christian stuff is totally irksome.

See ya Chang. It's over.
 
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