Tenacious Tuesday Testimony Time

How do you use the word “tenacious” in a sentence?

Answer: I went to the shoe store to buy “tenn-a-cious”! (Sounds like tennis shoes.)

My mom and dad were over-protective parents and that caused me to miss my calling as a professional wrestler or football player during my High School years. =)

However, there was a sport that my parents allowed me to join — Tennis.

I was an Oceanside Pirate Tennis Player (Varsity, mind you)….I wasn’t all that great but I wasn’t terrible.

I remember when I played a doubles match and the other opponent was waiting in front of the net…well, I thought about how to discourage this kid by trying to hit him with the ball. I had the perfect wind and weather conditions. The tennis ball came my way. Painted with a big cross hair on his face, I hit the ball just perfectly in my sweet spot and released a battle cry!

The ball ended up getting stuck between his racquet’s frame. He backed off! =)

If you haven’t played tennis or flip pass tennis matches on TV (like I do with Baseball), you would think it was a super easy sport. Tennis is far from easy. Serves can exceed 150 mph and it requires ninja-like skills to return the ball.

So during my tennis days, my hero was Michael Chang. When I worked for a non-profit organization, English Language Institute China (ELIC) in Sam Dimas, CA, I was able to meet Mr. Chang after he shared with us. He’s such a humble guy!

Here’s wiki’s bio:

Michael Te-Pei Chang (born February 22, 1972) is a former American professional tennis player. He is best remembered for becoming the youngest-ever male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at the age of 17.
Known for his on-court speed and fighting spirit, Chang is considered by many observers to have been one of the best tennis counterpunchers of all time. He also introduced the jumping two-handed backhand. He remained in the top 10 of the ATP world rankings for several years in the 1990s, peaking at world no. 2.

Chang was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008.


Watch the CNN in-depth interview about his historic french victory at:

Or if the below embed displays correctly.


Other Links:

  • Youtube – Michael Chang and The 1989 French Open


  • English Language Institute – CHINA Part 1


  • English Language Institute – CHINA Part 2


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