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Chang's underhand serve to Lendl at '89 French Open

Lendl's Forehand
04-25-2008, 04:46 PM
Some have critisized it as a bushleague tactic while others have said it was a smart play.

What's your take on it?

04-29-2008, 04:32 PM

It was right because it was Chang...

Chang -> Smart play
Hingis -> bitch

I think it's a smart play, just to surprise, to keep the guy at the other side of the net thinking you could come up with some trick again... just mental play, not bad.

Dancing Hero
04-29-2008, 10:54 PM
I'd forgotten how funny it was at the time. Sneaky, but funny! :devil:

04-30-2008, 03:07 AM
That was so pathetic. Awful.

04-30-2008, 12:39 PM
Chang was dead tired against the fit Lendl.

Smart play.

The match was great with that serve and Chang standing near the service line when Lendl was serving.

Took balls to stand up to the intimidating Lendl at only 17.

04-30-2008, 03:18 PM
The Hingis One Was Better, But She Got Booed

05-01-2008, 04:24 AM
It was smart tactic, I laughed a bit.

Double Fault
05-18-2008, 11:37 PM
I had totally forgotten about this. When I hear mention of underhand serve and French Open I instantly think of Martina Hingis.

05-20-2008, 05:36 AM
I think it´s usually not too fair to use something like that, but in Chang´s case, he was exhausted, cramps etc. He had to do whatever he could to disturb Lendl´s rhythm. So smart play!

Becker's Volleys
05-20-2008, 02:32 PM
Smart play. Any such tactic used against that twat Lendl has got to be applauded.

05-22-2008, 05:44 PM
great chang..!!!!

Haile Selassie
05-23-2008, 03:15 PM
Chang :hearts:

05-23-2008, 11:24 PM
haha way to keep him on his toes

05-31-2008, 09:21 AM
It was a great tactic

Also loved when he was standing right near the service line aswell

02-18-2009, 10:36 AM
It was rubbish. Pure and simple.

08-08-2009, 03:14 PM
I would like to see somebody serve like Dennis Eckersley, the former baseball pitcher.

08-10-2009, 10:47 PM
Considering Chang's situation, where the whole crowd was basically rooting for him after seeing him hit some incredible shots while cramping, his was a pretty smart play to mess Lendl up

In Hingis' situation, the whole crowd was already against her for going onto Graf's side, and yes she still wanted to win the match, but didn't she do it twice? It certainly didn't help her as the crowd got on her case more

08-11-2009, 04:30 AM
I personally don't like Chang. I think his personality on the court is horrible and he can do much better with it.

08-14-2009, 02:25 AM
His shoulder was blown! Give him a break. He couldn't serve overhand.

Chang is a legend. Great guy.

Sampras is King
01-18-2010, 10:01 AM
Great play! Are you kidding me? Of course great play! Against Lendl, go watch it again. The funniest part is how pissed Lendl gets, big baby. Chang was all cramped up... LOL! Respect Chang. After all, he's still the youngest player ever to have won Roland Garros.

Start da Game
03-20-2010, 06:27 PM
understandable, chang was cramping and desperate to try something different........hingis' was not clever though.......i think she tried it twice and graf won the point once.......

04-29-2010, 09:53 AM
Some have critisized it as a bushleague tactic while others have said it was a smart play.

What's your take on it?

I can understand why Chang did it, considering his physical problems,

but I hated that moment and the end of the match because of the public's reaction who were very bad at Lendl.

And Lendl felt obviously bad.

It was like corrida :sad: , typical French public (and I'm French) (Spanish public did a little bit the same to Berdych against Gonzalez in Madrid once)

I was feeling for Lendl in that match :sad:

On the other hand, Chang was not enough praised for his whole tournament, for instance the final where people always talk about Edberg, but his first set's game on returns was sublime, very much inside the court and great returns. He also beat some good claycourters.

09-24-2010, 07:37 AM
not surprising from a Chinese American.