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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (June 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785266569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785266563
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,944,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Coming from the juniors as a fifteen-year-old, Michael Chang set numerous "youngest player" records. In 1987, he was the youngest player to win a main draw match at the U.S. Open and the youngest to reach a Tour semifinal. As the youngest French Open/Grand Slam Champion ever in 1989, Chang was the first American male to win the French Open since 1955, and he became the youngest player to rank in the Top 5. In 1991, he reached the quarterfinals or better in thirteen tournaments. Chang is considered one of the fastest players on the circuit, possessing an all-court game.

Mike Yorkey is the author, coauthor, and collaborator of more than forty books, including several in the Every Man's Battle series and tennis star Michael Chang's autobiography, Holding Serve. He and his wife, Nicole, are the parents of two college-age children and live in Encinitas.

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I highly recommend this book for tennis fans and all sports fans for that matter!
Greatwood
You will appreciate the role of his parents and what a sacrifice they made in order to fulfil his tennis dream.
Piano Fan
I enjoyed this book much more than I had anticipated and found it a delightful read.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In "Holding Serve", you feel what he says, more than you read what he wrote, especially if you have seen Michael played on the court. Such valour and determination, from the very first game I saw him played in our home town to the very last ATP doubles game he played in our city on 26 September 2002. Michael carried a very clear message on the court and he just confirmed it in writing in this book. I would recommend it to people of all ages and I wish to emphasize that this book is not focused on Christianity. It's a book about attitude and the way of life of THE MICHAEL CHANG.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greatwood on February 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Michael Chang is a remarkable individual! I still remember watching Michael play that incredible match against Ivan Lendl in the 89 French Open and then defeating Stefan Edberg in the final after going down two sets after winning the first! Talk about steely determination! And to win a grand slam event at age 17! Amazing! The book is a fascinating read and contary to "a readers" rather inane opinions on this review site, I felt that Michael was truly honest and forthright about his beliefs and I never felt that he was "cramming" his beliefs on anyone..I just have high respect for the fact that he stood his ground and never compromised his values..We need more role models like Michael Chang..especially in the world of sports!

Michael talks about his relationships with Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras and how they all came up in the junior ranks..Pete and Andre used to stay overnight with Michael's family on occasion when they crossed paths and Michael seemed very secure in his relationship with the two tennis greats! (I'm sure there is mutual respect among these tennis greats!!) His anecdotes about John McEnroe and many other players are quite interesting and humorous so I did not understand "a readers" previous comments about "not mentioning other players" at all..

Michael is deferential and respectful about his career in tennis and never bad mouths any of his opponents or fellow players..instead he gives a lot of them credit for his development as a professional..especially John McEnroe's demolishment of him in the French Open in '88..he learned from the experience..and even went on to state that he earned McEnroe's respect later on when he took him out for the first time at the 1992 US Open..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Piano Fan on April 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I finished this book within a day. This is by far one of my favorite book. Michael was very humble and personable throughout the book. I felt like I know him so much after finish reading Holding Serve. Not knowing how much hard work it takes to become No.2 tennis player, this book brings inspiration and true understanding of the tennis world. Young tennis player will be inspired and touched by his stories.

I am also impressed by Michael's faith and his close relationship with his family. You will appreciate the role of his parents and what a sacrifice they made in order to fulfil his tennis dream.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2002
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I found "Holding Serve" an easy-to-read intimate account of communicating with the supernatural with good advice for readers like me. Michael shares personal details of victories and defeats from boyhood to manhood lived on the world stage of professional tennis. After six years of following Michael Chang's career I had many questions which were answered in this inspirational book. Thanks Michael.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. CUNNINGHAM on June 10, 2005
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I've missed Michael Chang since he retired from pro tennis. I always enjoyed watching him, not just because I like pro tennis, but because he was always so unabashed about his devout Christian faith.

In "Holding Serve," he talks about his childhood when money was often tight, how he and his brother Carl discovered tennis, and everything their parents did to develop Michael and Carl's talents. Michael remembers his junior tennis days when he first met Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, and Jim Courier.

In 1998, after years of being one of the world's top players, Michael Chang suddenly fell into a big downhill slide. He dealt with some injuries, and even when he was able-bodied, he started losing in the early rounds of several tournaments. His ranking dropped way down, and never got back up to what it was. Michael is very frank about was a frustrating time that was. It's obvious he wishes he could have won more than one grand slam title.

Michael Chang talks about his Christian beliefs and his moral values without sounding preachy.

Since retirement, I understand Michael has been busy with the Chang Family Foundation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss K on March 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's such a great book that I cannot wait to finish the book over the weekend, eventhough I have an exam on Monday night. I really learn a lot about Michael Chang from this autobiography -- as a person and the kind of challenges he endured and conquered in his pro years. I also learned something about the other tennis greats from his friendship with them. I am especailly touched and inspired by the Love in the Chang Team. Great job! Michael.
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