The former No. 2 player in the world and winner of 34 ATP tour
titles--including the 1989 French Open--is retiring after the 2003
SI: You've said that after tennis you might take some marine
biology classes. Are you O.K. with being a 31-year-old freshman?
Chang: Sure. I'll be a little like Rodney Dangerfield.
SI: What will you miss most about the tour?
Chang: I'll miss being in a tight situation when the crowd is
really into it. You have a great point, hit a great shot and the
crowd goes nuts. You scream at the top of your lungs, and you
still can't hear yourself. To be in the heat of that
moment--that's what I'll miss.
SI: Over the years have you noticed that the ball boys are
getting bigger than you?
Chang: You realize that they are not only bigger than you, but
they seem to be getting faster, too.
SI: Who has been your favorite player to compete against?
Chang: [Jim] Courier, [Pete] Sampras and [Andre] Agassi. Because
they're Americans there was always an added atmosphere, even more
so when we played in the United States. I feel we really brought
out the best in one another.
SI: When you were 16 you told this magazine that you, as a devout
Christian, would remain celibate until marriage. You've kept that
SI: Have your fellow players supported your beliefs or have they
given you grief for your abstinence?
Chang: Everybody's a little different. It just so happened for me
that this is the way I feel God would want things to be done. For
me, when I get married, that's one thing I would love to share
with my wife and hopefully she can share with me.
SI: What traits must a woman have to be your wife?
Chang: How much time do we have? She definitely needs to be a
strong Christian. That's the one thing that will never change.
Outside of that, I would love it if she was Chinese. I feel like
having similar heritage and background is important.
SI: So you won't be marrying Anna Kournikova, then?
Chang: (laughs) No.
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COLOR PHOTO: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS (CHANG) Kept his vow of chastity