American tennis star, Michael Chang stormed into the record books in 1989 becoming the youngest ever Grand Slam champion.
Famous for his on court speed and dogged resilience, Chang became known as one of the best base-line defensive players of all-time.
Michael turned professional in 1988 and enjoyed the finest year of his career a year later beating Swedish ace Stefan Edberg, and Czech star Ivan Lendl on his way to claiming the French Open title at just 17 years old.
When lifting the winner’s trophy at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, Chang’s acceptance speech raised several eyebrows when he spoke of his Christian faith, saying – “I thank the Lord Jesus Christ, because without Him, I am nothing.”
Speaking about his years of competitive tennis, during which he claimed 34 singles titles, Michael says, “I received so much joy, so much love, and so many blessings from the Lord.”
“I did a Bible Study first thing in the morning and also at night. Throughout the day, I would pray – whenever – because the Lord is always there.
He teaches me a lot through circumstances in my life, whether it is a tennis match or other things that are going on”.