At the age of 15, Michael Chang became the youngest male competitor to win a match at the US Open on September 1, 1987. The results for the match match against Paul McNamee were 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. He reached the semifinals of the tournament.
Chang was the youngest to gain a number of outstanding achievements in the tennis world including a win at the French Open in 1989. He was the first American male to win the French Open since Tony Trabert in 1955.
Chang was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1972 and turned pro at age 16 in 1988. He received a number of high honors highlighting his leadership in the Asian-American community. He was the goodwill ambassador for the Beijing Olympic bid committee for the 2008 games.
The Chang Family Foundation came to be in 1999. The Christian organization works through sports and Asian outreach events both locally and internationally.
Chang showed a less edgy side of himself when he said, “I’m a competitive person, and it is in my nature to try hard in every match I play. The only time when I’m not competitive is when I’m playing against my mom.”