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Former French Open champion Michael Chang has admitted he is close to retiring from tennis.
The 30-year-old American is making his 12th appearance at the Hong Kong Open this week, and it could prove to be his last.

Chang, a three-times winner of the tournament, had to be given a wildcard as his ranking has slipped to 118.

"This probably could be the last time that I will be playing in Hong Kong," said Chang, who now splits his time between the ATP Tour and the Challenger circuit.

"This city has treated me well over the years and I hope this tournament will be great for me.

"Retirement is definitely on the cards. The passion is still there but it is becoming more and more difficult to win tournaments."

He faces Spaniard Alex Corretja in the first round and can expect plenty of backing at the event, where the American has always enjoyed huge popularity.
 

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yes, he is still popular in my city, its sad :(

and whats more, tonight he gonna plays Alex C in the first round, this might be his last match in HK but i also like Ale as well, so difficult to choose who to support for and damn it the TV only starts to broadcast for later rounds :mad:
 

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not surprised that he is the first of his era to go. i wonder who will be next -- or will Agassi and Sampras hang on til their sixties? ;) ;)
 

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I remember he used to get criticized for playing some weak Asian tournaments rather than, oh, Davis Cup. McEnroe would keep alluding to the appearance fees.

And Chang's response was more or less that it was more important for him to go and help tennis development in Asia.

I thought about this a few weeks ago as I was reading an article about Paradorn Srichaphan (sp?) where he said that he did a lot of learning from tapes of Michael Chang's matches in Asia.

At least he won a slam. Still the youngest winner, right?
 

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too bad he went out in the first round in Hong Kong. not that i mind Correjta spanking his butt but it would have been nice if he had gotten that last hurrah

yes he's still the youngest as far as i know but that match remains fraught with controversial debate.
 

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chang one of the persons who brought me closer to tennis (there are only two tennismoments I remember before french 90. steffi of course and chang reading his note after french 89)
 

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damn it no highlight or coverage this year :mad: , no chang's last match in HK to watch for me and especially my mother who is his super fans :( :(
 

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It's about time for him to leave i guess. It's sad that he could not win another major after that 89 french. he's a great player but he has lost his quickness on court, and most players nowadays can just overpowered him! if he did retire, too bad he couldn't end it with a high note.
but we'll miss you michael, you are one of the best out there! good luck!
 
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