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30 for 30 to release doc on tennis great Michael Chang

At just 17, tennis great Michael Chang became the youngest player ever to win a grand slam singles title.

Now more than 30 years later, ESPN has announced it produced a 30 for 30 documentary on his career, reports Deadline.

His upset of Ivan Lendl at the 1989 French Open etched Chang into tennis history.

Journalist Jay Caspian Kang will make his directorial debut with the film entitled American Son.

Chang won 33 other singles titles during his career which spanned from 1988 to 2003. However, the French Open was his only major title.

According to Awful Announcing, Chang sees his French Open victory as a sign from the heavens to give the Chinese something to smile about during a period of historical turmoil.

“A lot of people forget that Tiananmen Square was going on,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2009. “The crackdown that happened was on the middle Sunday at the French Open, so if I was not practicing or playing a match, I was glued to the television, watching the events unfold…I often tell people I think it was God’s purpose for me to be able to win the French Open the way it was won because I was able to put a smile on Chinese people’s faces around the world at a time when there wasn’t much to smile about.”

The 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square in China left anywhere from several hundred to several thousand mostly student protesters dead. China has not been forthcoming about the details, but student revolted in an effort to gain democratic reforms in the communist country.

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