Ten days after bidding goodbye to tennis star Pete Sampras, the U.S. Open said farewell to fellow American Michael Chang, who ended his 15-year professional career earlier in the tournament. He lost last week to 15th seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile.
The 31-year-old Chang received a standing ovation Thursday during a U.S. Open retirement ceremony tribute at Arthur Ashe Stadium, as he took a final walk around the court.
Chang thanked the fans in New York, his fellow players, and his family, including a greeting in Chinese for his grandparents, who do not speak English.
Michael won his only Grand Slam title on clay in 1989 at the French Open against Sweden's Stefan Edberg. He has 34 professional titles, and was a Grand Slam finalist three other times - the 1995 French Open, the 1996 U.S. Open and the 1996 Australian Open.