Chang to hang up racket after the US Open


SAN JOSE (California): Former Roland Garros champion Michael Chang will retire after the US Open and will begin a 10-tournament “Farewell Tour” at next month’s San Jose Open, the player’s agent said on Saturday. 

“Michael has done pretty much all he can do in the sport and realises that his best tennis is probably behind him,” Octagon’s Tom Ross told Tennisreporters.net

“However, he still believes he can be competitive this year and has a few big wins left in him.        

“This tour will be a celebration of his great on-court accomplishments as well a celebration of what a great ambassador he has been for the game.” 

The 30-year-old Chang, who owns 34 career singles titles, has won just over $19 million in prize money and finished in the year-end top 10 seven times.        

However, the former world number two has not been the same player since he injured his knee at Indian Wells in 1998. 

Chang, who became the youngest men’s Grand Slam champion at 17 years, three months when he beat Sweden’s Stefan Edberg to win the 1989 French Open, has not won a title since 2000. – Reuters         

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