- Trophée Jean-Luc Lagardère
- 24.09.2009 - 27.09.2009
- Paris Racing Club - Paris
- Tournaments and exhibitions
from Tennis Week
Twenty years after their famed French Open final face-off, Michael Chang and Stefan Edberg will play again in Paris.
Chang became the youngest male Grand Slam title winner in history when, at 17 years and three months, he lifted the French Open crown in 1989. The American memorably beat Ivan Lendl in the semifinals, hitting under-arm serves as his legs cramped. He overcame Edberg in the final.
This week in Paris — the scene of Chang’s greatest triumph — Edberg will have his chance for revenge when they both play in the 6th Jean-Luc Lagardere Trophy.
Held at the Paris Racing Club in the Bois de Boulogne, the Jean-Luc Lagardere Trophy, which begins on Thursday and concludes on Sunday, is one of the longest running and most prestigious events on the ATP Champions Tour calender.
Defending champion Edberg will have to battle past four French Open Champions and three French men if he is to retain the title he won last year.
The most highly-anticipated match of the week is undoubtedly the Group B meeting of Edberg and Chang on Friday afternoon.
Edberg, 43, is one of 15 men in the history of tennis to play in all four major singles finals during his career. He won singles titles at Wimbledon in 1988 and 1990, at the U.S. Open in 1991 and 1992 and at the Australian Open in 1985 and 1987. At the French Open in 1989, Edberg fell one set shy of capturing the singles title, losing to Chang in a five-set final. Edberg won 42 singles titles and 18 doubles titles in his career and held the No. 1 singles ranking for 72 weeks. He also attained the top rank in doubles. Edberg guided Sweden to victories in the Davis Cup in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1994 and won the bronze medal in singles and doubles at the 1988 Olympic Games.
The Swede still counts his Roland Garros final loss against Chang as the biggest disappointment of his career.
"Obviously the toughest loss has to be the French Open in 1989," confirmed Edberg. "It wasn't so tough at the time when I lost because I thought I would have more chances to win it. That didn’t happen."
Edberg and Chang will be joined in Group B by Tournament Director Guy Forget and French wild card Arnaud Boetsch.
Also on the hunt for his first ATP Champions Tour trophy in Paris will be former World Number One Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Playing in only his second event since making his much-awaited debut on the Tour in Eindhoven last year, the 35-year-old Russian is back to peak fitness and eager to make his mark on the tennis world once again.
Kafelnikov is drawn in Group A alongside fellow French Open Champions Thomas Muster and Mats Wilander, as well as Frenchman Cedric Pioline. To view the full order of play and groups, click here.
All players in each group will play each other over a round-robin format, and after all round-robin matches are complete, the top player in each group will meet in the final. The runners-up in each group will play off for the third place position. Matches are played over the best of three sets with a Champions’ tie break (first to 10 points with a clear advantage of two) deciding the winner of matches that are tied at one-set-all.
- Paris Racing Club