Ex-Australian Open semifinalist Chung Hyeon to play first tournament in two years

Former world No. 19 Chung Hyeon is set to return to tennis after being out for two years. Chung, 26, hasn’t played since the 2020 French Open. It should be noted that the 2020 French Open wasn’t held in its traditional date as it was pushed back for September due to the pandemic.

Throughout his career, Chung has battled various injuries and physical setbacks. Chung, who appeared in just six matches in 2020, decided to take a break from tennis after the 2020 US Open to address his injury problems. This Friday, South Korean Sonwoo Kwon announced he and Chung plan to play doubles together at next week’s ATP 250 event in Seoul.

“This time, Hyeon Chung and I will be competing in doubles together. Thank you for your support,” Kwon announced on Instagram.

Chung was once one of the most promising young players

After winning the Next Gen ATP Finals event in 2017, Chung made a strong start to the 2018 season.

At the 2018 Australian Open, Chung reached his first Grand Slam semifinal. En route to reaching the Australian Open semifinal, Chung stunned record nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (4) 7-5 7-6 (3). After beating Djokovic, Chung admitted that Djokovic was his idol growing up.

“When I’m young, I’m just trying to copy Novak because he’s my idol,” said Chung. “I didn’t know how I’d win this tonight. I was just honoured to play against Novak, and happy to see him back on the tour.”

After a strong end to 2017 and a very strong to the 2018 season, Chung’s progress was derailed by constant physical setbacks and various injuries. A few years ago, Chung was considered as one of the most promising and talented players in the game.

Chung, who turned 26 in May, is still young and he definitely still has time to achieve notable results. But Chung has been out for two years and it will be interesting to see if he will be able to stay healthy and return to his best tennis.

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