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Holding Serve Persevering On And Off The Court Hardcover – June 2, 2002

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About the Author

Mike Yorkey is the author, co-author, editor, or collaborator of one hundred books. He has written for The Los Angeles Times travel section, Skiing, Tennis Week, World Tennis, City Sports, and Racquet. He lives in Encinitas, California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (June 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785266569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785266563
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Excellent book and very inciteful. The writing has a juvenille element to it, but it makes for incredibly easy reading. The author expressed his personal religious beliefs without going over-the-top or being "preachy", but still maintained the integrity of covering the biographical element of his tennis career. I do not know much of anything concerning tennis and found the book easy to read and understand...even the very-tennis-related areas. I would recommend this for a tennis fan, for a biography, and for an inspiration...for afterall, though Michael Chang was the youngest male to win the French Open, and he was an excellent tennis player, he did not have the continued fame and fortune that others have had. Yet he continued in his passion, commitment and excellence. I enjoyed this book much more than I had anticipated and found it a delightful read. Very much worth my time.
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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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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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Christian Biography from tennis champion Michael Chang. This is not a book for those who are not interested in tennis as there is a lot of technical detail about various matches. Chang's bold statements about his Christian faith and the way he attributed all of his successes to his faith in Jesus Christ shocked the world's press and resulted in him being jeered and whistled during his matches. However, he has persevered despite numerous setbacks due to injury. He states that he never prayed for success but that God would give him the strength he needed when he needed it. God was faithful and continues to be so in the life of Michael Chang. This is the story of a man who defied Western secularism whilst in the public eye to stand up for his beliefs in a bold and uncompromising manner.

Recommended for tennis fans.
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