Hyeon Chung Surges Into the Spotlight at the Australian Open

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Hyeon Chung Surges Into the Spotlight at the Australian Open
“In my opinion, because of that tournament, he really started to believe, ‘I can win tournaments,
and I can beat two, three or four good players in a row,’ ” said Neville Godwin, Chung’s new South African coach.
His older brother was already playing tennis, so he started playing tennis as a hobby.”
The younger brother eventually grew up, and Hyeon said he beat Hong twice in Asian Futures events.
Friday’s match at the Australian Open — Chung’s first against Roger Federer — will certainly be a high-profile one,
but through Chung’s lenses, the stakes were much higher in September 2014 when he was competing in men’s doubles at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in his home country.
“Look, I’m very excited to play Chung,” said Federer, 36, who will face an opponent
15 years his junior at this late stage of a major tournament for the first time.
Chung’s agent, Stuart Duguid of WME/IMG, described the South Korean tennis market as “emerging.”
“I’d say it replicates Japan at the early stages of Kei’s career,” he said.
“We saved like four match points in the semifinals,” Chung said this week in the players’ restaurant at Melbourne Park.
“The way he’s able to slide on forehand and backhand and use the hard court as a clay court and get balls back and stay aggressive in defense.”
Though unseeded upon arrival in Melbourne, the 58th-ranked Chung was considered a leader of the new wave in men’s tennis, which has been called Next Gen by ATP Tour leaders who are deeply concerned about beginning to bridge the charisma chasm
that will be left when Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal move on.


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