Young tennis hopefuls turned out in their hundreds to get a glimpse of their hero in the flesh. Others were hoping his magic touch might rub off on them on the court. Twenty-six-year-old United States tennis ace Michael Chang was very much the star at Hollywood Plaza in Diamond Hill, where he was coaching talented children as part of the 'Rejoice Michael Chang Tennis Stars of the Future' programme. To the pop of flashbulbs and much cheering, Chang ran through the repertoire of skills that characterises his million-dollar 'all-court' game. But he did not perform alone. The youngsters, who excelled in specialisations such as volleying techniques, footwork drills and juggling tests, won the chance to challenge Chang. Lucky Ho Kui-sang, 13, was invited to play with the Taiwanese-born ace in forehand and backhand grips. This one- minute claim to fame gave Kui-sang the chance to get his picture taken with the superstar. 'Michael is my hero,' Kui-sang crowed. He's the first Chinese person to have won the French Open, in 1989. 'I just love his 'never-say-never spirit' on court.' Although he was suffering from a knee injury, Chang said he felt quite relaxed. His patience with the children was awe-inspiring. He said he enjoyed using his tennis skills in a positive manner, to uplift the lives of youngsters through sport. 'Each year when I conduct this coaching session, I see a steady improvement in the children's ability. 'That makes it important for me to spend time with these kids from the programme, especially when I can give them advice on their game.' Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Tennis Association and Rejoice, the programme offers children from Hong Kong's housing estates an opportunity to play tennis and meet powerful role models such as Chang. Since the programme was launched in 1992 more than 10,000 children have taken part in its coaching clinics. It is now open to the general public and enrolment begins in June. Application forms are available from the management offices of public housing estates and all primary schools.