COSTA MESA — Michael Chang grabbed the microphone and began to talk to teenagers about one of his greatest feats in tennis.
At 17 years, 3 months old, Chang became the youngest male to win a Grand Slam singles title.
The teenagers knew the event, the French Open. As for when Chang won it, not so much.
"That year for me in '89," Chang said before pausing. "Actually, none of you guys were born yet, huh? There's a reality check."
Chang drew laughter during the first day of his Michael Chang Tennis Classic on Friday. At 40, he can no longer play as he used to, but Chang can still captivate an audience.
Dozens of youngsters came to the Costa Mesa Tennis Center to meet and listen to Chang. He wasn't the only former champion holding court.
With the opening ceremony of the London Games getting underway on the same day, the Michael Chang Tennis Classic had a little Olympic flavor. Kaitlin Sandeno brought her gold, silver and bronze medals she won as a U.S. swimmer at the Sydney Games and Athens Games.