The next generation of tennis stars are quickly making their way to the top of the sport and our young Canadian players are no exception. Although we know that you will be cheering for Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov at Rogers Cup in Montreal, we encourage you to get behind their fellow NextGen ATP stars of tomorrow. Today, we will be highlighting Hyeon Chung.
At 21 years old, Hyeon Chung is the highest ranked Korean player on the ATP World Tour since Hyung Taik-Lee, who was world no. 36 in 2007. And at the rate at which he is progressing, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him move past his compatriot and take Korea to new heights in the next few years.
Chung started out in tennis at the age of six, under the guidance of his parents. To help improve his poor vision, his doctor recommended that he look at the colour green—advice he seems to have taken to heart!
In 2015, the up-and-comer earned the ATP’s Most Improved Player award, partly due to his performance at the Shenzhen Open, where he reached the quarter-finals, and his first Grand Slam win at the US Open, where he defeated James Duckworth of Australia before falling to world no. 5 Stan Wawrinka in three sets 7-6, 7-6, 7-6.
On the heels of his breakthrough, Chung continued to set himself apart with his determination, mental toughness and powerful backhand.
This year in Munich, he played in his first ATP semi-final and earned the biggest win of his career when he overpowered no. 16 Gaël Monfils of France.
In Barcelona, he won ten consecutive sets and ousted the young Alexander Zverev and the veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber on his way to the quarter-finals.
According to tennis insiders, Hyeon Chung is just getting started. This summer, he will be making his second appearance in Montreal. In 2015, he made it through the qualifying rounds, but lost to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in the first round of the main draw.
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