Kei Nishikori's coach Michael Chang and Christo enjoyed a funny moment together
by Christo Van Rensburg on November 7th, 2013

It was 1997 and Michael Chang, #2 in the world at that time, asked me to coach him during the grass court season preparing for Wimbledon.  We had just finished Queens and we were headed to Holland, the last warm up tournament before Wimbledon. After losing in a tough 3 set match against 1996 Wimbledon champ, Richard Krajicek in the semi final,  I was on my way to meet up with Michael in the locker room.  

What was about to happen, is related to all those sports players who know that when you are retired, people do not remember you anymore and definitely do not ask for autographs.  With that in mind, it was a shock to my system when this cute little boy of about 8 years old walked up to me and asked me for my autograph. I was kind of lost for words. Then it hit me, his parents probably sent him over. Maybe they remembered the times I played.

I looked at him and said, " You don't know who I am".  Before I could even finish he replied, "Yes I do".  I said, " No you don't".  I said this, knowing there was no way he was old enough to see me play and to become a fan. The little boy sounded confident and witty, expressed in a firmer voice " Yes I do".  So I got down to my knees, so I could be the same level as he was and because I suddenly felt that rush again. "he knows me, he actually knows me".  I had an impact on this little boy and this could be the last autograph for me,Christo Van Rensburg, the tennis player, to a fan in Holland.  Just to hear my name again, I asked him "Who am I?".

This time he looked at me as if I was weird and replied, knowing he has won this battle, he said " You are Michael Chang's coach"  
.... and don't get mad,
because like my lovely daughter once said:
"if you mad or sad, you play bad"

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