Hyeon Chung

“I will do my best” – Former Slam semi-finalist makes long awaited return

Hyeon Chung finally returned to the ATP Tour today after two years out with a back injury. 

Chung, who made the semi-finals of the 2018 Australian Open and reached a high of 19 in the world rankings, teamed up with compatriot Kwon Soon-woo in their home event in Seoul. They defeated Treat Huey and Hans Hach 2-6 6-2 10-8 to reach the quarter finals.

The South Korean had not competed professionally since French Open qualifying in September 2020. In his pre-tournament press conference, he admitted he was relieved to be making a return to the court.

”It has taken me a long time to return to the court after rehabilitation, but I just feel good as I am able to come back to the court. No matter the result will be, I will do my best”, Chung told reporters.

In an interview with the ATP, Chung said that he will soon be making his singles return. He will look to test his physical condition by playing on the Challenger Tour in the next few weeks.

”My first goal for sure is to suffer no injuries, so staying healthy,” Hyeon Chung said. ”This is my first competition after two years, so I don’t want to rush, I don’t want to push too hard.”

The South Korean also paid tribute to recently retired Roger Federer in his press conference. Federer had faced Chung at the semi-finals of the 2018 Australian Open, his breakthrough tournament.

”It is truly heartbreaking that we won’t see him on the court anymore. He is the greatest player ever in the history. Many players have dreamed of becoming him,” Chung said.

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