The 42nd Petits As tournament, which will start in Tarbes on January 18, 2024, will bring to light the greatest hopes of under-14 tennis. This edition will be celebrated with the participation of 13-year-old Lani Chang, daughter of legendary American tennis player and former Roland Garros 1989 winner Michael Chang.
Following Nadal, Federer, Gasquet and ATP world number 1 Novak Djokovic, the Petits As tournament opens its doors to new tennis gems at the beginning of 2024. One of the new female figures is named Lani Chang, Michael Chang’s daughter. Big winner of the tournament held in the Hautes Pyrénées in 1986.
An unforgettable victory for the American, because only 3 years later (1989), at the age of 17, he won his first and only title against the Czech Ivan Lendl at Roland-Garros. This achievement crowns him as the youngest winner of the men’s singles in French international history.
?Retro Roland-Garros 1989: Incredible! Michael Chang, exhausted, serves the spoon and wins the point!
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Chang is returning for the first time since 2012, participating in an exhibition. “I will always have incredible memories of Petits As because it was one of the most important international tournaments I participated in in my youth and I hope one day my children can participate in Petits As like their mother and father. “Michael Chang did it then,” he said, thus provoking the fate of his eldest daughter 12 years later.
That precocity appears to be in the former ATP No. 2’s blood. Just a few weeks after participating in another tournament on the other side of the Atlantic, the “Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships”, young Lani will set foot on Tarbais soil, accompanied and trained by her father.
This 2024 edition will be worth the detour, marked by the presence of another child of a well-known figure, with the participation of the new Minister of Sports and National Education Pierre Oudéa-Castera and former tennis player Amélie Oudéa -Castera’s son Pierre Oudéa-Castera. will be present at the tournament. Also note that Ksénia Chasteau (age 17), France’s world No. 1 in wheelchair tennis and last year’s US Open Junior champion, will be making her tournament debut.