12 Days of PowerShares Series: Michael Chang Q&A
You already know "The Twelve Days of Christmas"—so we're doing something a little different this year. Throughout December, we'll highlight 12 things about the 2014 PowerShares Series, a competitive tennis circuit featuring legendary icons and world-renowned champions beginning on February 5.
For our seventh Q&A, we spoke to Michael Chang, who won the 1989 French Open crown at the age of 17 years, three months.
TENNIS.com: How do you train to prepare for the PowerShares Series?
MICHAEL CHANG: Besides my off-court training routines, I practice quite often with some of the top junior, collegiate, and young pros in my area. It keeps me sharp and in good shape as I know I will need to be well prepared for this year's PowerShares Series tour. I know all of the guys will be playing well, so it'll be important for me to be ready!
TENNIS.com: Among PowerShares Series players, who was your toughest opponent during your career and why?
MICHAEL CHANG: Well, when you have such an elite group of players playing in the PowerShares Series tour, it's easy to say that everyone was tough. Sampras, Agassi, Courier, Lendl, McEnroe, take your pick!
TENNIS.com: Who are you most looking forward to facing this season?
MICHAEL CHANG: I always look forward to playing against my own generation of players the most: Sampras, Agassi, and Courier. There is always a special fire there to play against one another even after all these years!
TENNIS.com: Most bizarre moment you ever experienced on court?
MICHAEL CHANG: I probably had one of the most embarrassing moments happen to me in a doubles match after having played a very tough and long singles match. It was at night and I drank a bunch of water to make sure I stayed hydrated so I wouldn't cramp. Well, after drinking that much water, I ended up having to go to the restroom in the middle of a super long game in the doubles match because I just couldn't hold it any longer. Needless to say, the 3,000-person crowd got a good laugh because it was an outdoor stadium and they could see exactly where I had gone to!
TENNIS.com: Your best serving tip for recreational players?
MICHAEL CHANG: The easiest and best serving tip for recreational players is to make sure you toss the ball high and to the right. This is by far the easiest place to hit a big and consistent serve.
TENNIS.com: If you could have played any other sport professionally, what would you choose?
MICHAEL CHANG: If I happen to be just as good in any other professional sport, I would say either playing golf on the PGA Tour or a professional bass fisherman on the B.A.S.S. tour. I have a passion for both, and if tennis didn't work out it would be super cool to do just as well in either of those sports!
For more on the PowerShares Series, including ticket information, go to powersharesseries.com.