What happened to Chung?

ron schaap

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Maybe some of you remember Chung who made great progress untill a few years ago. He even beat Djoker with his own game play. Some thought he would become the next Nole or at least the next Nishikori. But than this Korean with the big glasses got a minor injury, well before the corona crisis and then he suddenly disappeared from the earth. What happened to him?
 

FRV4

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Maybe some of you remember Chung who made great progress untill a few years ago. He even beat Djoker with his own game play. Some thought he would become the next Nole or at least the next Nishikori. But than this Korean with the big glasses got a minor injury, well before the corona crisis and then he suddenly disappeared from the earth. What happened to him?
Hyeon Chung. IIRC, injuries were always a big problem for him and stunted his development. Think he's still injured.
 

a10best

Hall of Fame
The media hyped him up too much. I never take any player seriously unless they do well in 3 consecutive slams (QF or better).
Making one slam SF or final does not mean you're among the greats and a consistent top 5 or 10 player. (Puerta, Gaudio, Coria, countless FO women champs, Kevin Anderson, Sandgren, Panetta, Vinci...) U.S. media thinks Gauff is the next Venus. and now Canadian Leylah is lefty 2.0 version of Seles? C'mon.

Yes, even Emma & Leylah are really hyped and deservedly so. Yet, would it surprise anyone if both quickly fade in 2022 and get knocked out in the first 3 rounds at each slam from either playing poorly or their opponent just played better? Some women did beat them easily the last couple of years. Turning age 18 or 19 doesn't mean their top 5 status is cemented.
You can't honestly think Barty, a not distracted Osaka, Kenin, Sabalenka, Svitolina, Andreescu, Kerber, Azarenka will lose to these two going forward every time.

Although these one-off wins, deep runs, close matches with a top 10 player do get you a nice gig after retiring from the pros.
Back to Chung. He imay be done. Hopefully he invested some of his winnings.
 
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King No1e

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Maybe some of you remember Chung who made great progress untill a few years ago. He even beat Djoker with his own game play. Some thought he would become the next Nole or at least the next Nishikori. But than this Korean with the big glasses got a minor injury, well before the corona crisis and then he suddenly disappeared from the earth. What happened to him?
Injuries got the better of him. He was one of the young guns I had the most hope for. Solid baseliner, had his head put together, and zero fear on the big stages.

Not really his fault that he broke down physically before he could get off the ground.
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
The media hyped him up too much. I never take any player seriously unless they do well in 3 consecutive slams (QF or better).
Making one slam SF or final does not mean you're among the greats and a consistent top 5 or 10 player. (Puerta, Gaudio, Coria, countless FO women champs, Kevin Anderson, Sandgren, Panetta, Vinci...) U.S. media thinks Gauff is the next Venus. and now Canadian Leylah is lefty 2.0 version of Seles? C'mon.

Yes, even Emma & Leylah are really hyped and deservedly so. Yet, would it surprise anyone if both quickly fade in 2022 and get knocked out in the first 3 rounds at each slam from either playing poorly or their opponent just played better? Some women did beat them easily the last couple of years. Turning age 18 or 19 doesn't mean their top 5 status is cemented.
You can't honestly think Barty, a not distracted Osaka, Kenin, Sabalenka, Svitolina, Andreescu, Kerber, Azarenka will lose to these two going forward every time.

Although these one-off wins, deep runs, close matches with a top 10 player do get you a nice gig after retiring from the pros.
Back to Chung. He is done and hopefully he invested some of his winnings.
You could’ve saved some time writing this wall of text since his problem has been purely injuries and nothing that you mentioned applies to him. When he first came on tour, nobody was expecting him to do as well as he did but he somehow developed an amazing baseline game that was capable of beating Djokovic and Zverev on grand slam level. If you look into his performances, it wasn’t a fluke or a one-off thing. But yeah, reminiscent of Ancic this guy will probably never be a mainstay on the atp because of his physical issues.
 

Aabye5

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In the grand scheme of things, he's the same age as Medvedev, who just won his first Grand Slam title. The only problem is that Chung will have to make some tweaks to prevent future injuries. I hope he can make a strong comeback.
 
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Wander

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In the grand scheme of things, he's the same age as Medvedev, who just won his first Grand Slam title. The only problem is that Chung will have to make some tweaks to prevent future injuries. I hope he can make a strong comeback.
If he can even make a proper comeback. He's been sidelined so long now that it doesn't look too good.
 

jga111

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Injuries look to have taken their toll. Must be really unlucky as he had long routines warming up - just look at the YouTube video with tenfitmen
 

wangs78

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I just remember seeing him slide on nearly every change of direction and saying to myself how the heck is that possible and how will he hold up physically? I got my answer :)
 

Wander

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The other semi finalist at that 2018 Aussie Open, Edmund, is battling chronic knee problems. That tournament was cursed.
And the winner is battling knee problems too! The finalist is just fading in general.

The quarter-finalists are not doing too hot either currently, but at least a couple of them are playing injury-free (Tennys and Grigor).
 

vex

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Maybe some of you remember Chung who made great progress untill a few years ago. He even beat Djoker with his own game play. Some thought he would become the next Nole or at least the next Nishikori. But than this Korean with the big glasses got a minor injury, well before the corona crisis and then he suddenly disappeared from the earth. What happened to him?
TLDR: Lots of stuff, injuries really hampered him, he was already delayed by mandatory military service. He never even SNIFFED that peak form he reached in the 2018 AO. Recently he’s been losing to challenger level players. It’s bad.
 

Aabye5

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TLDR: Lots of stuff, injuries really hampered him, he was already delayed by mandatory military service. He never even SNIFFED that peak form he reached in the 2018 AO. Recently he’s been losing to challenger level players. It’s bad.
What? He wasn't delayed by mandatory military service. He won a gold at the Asian Games and had the opportunity to do a training stint for four weeks in lieu of military service.
 
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Aabye5

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TLDR: Lots of stuff, injuries really hampered him, he was already delayed by mandatory military service. He never even SNIFFED that peak form he reached in the 2018 AO. Recently he’s been losing to challenger level players. It’s bad.
He hasn't played since January, right?
 

James P

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This thread, or a version of it, gets made about every two months lol. It's amazing what one SF appearance does for one man's clout and memorability.
 

Aabye5

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This thread, or a version of it, gets made about every two months lol. It's amazing what one SF appearance does for one man's clout and memorability.
A promising young fellow...

Think about it this way, even though he didn't get to play them that much, he's the only NextGen who has winning records over all of the other NextGen 1.0 of note.
 

stringertom

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8 matches at all levels in the past two seasons, all of them leading up to his failed attempt to qualify for RG’20; no match play in 2021. I would suspect that if his chronic back issues have kept him sidelined this long that there is no easy path back to top 100 and ATP level success of any significance.

His success for even the short span it lasted is a minor miracle for a kid with such severe astigmatism that his ophthalmologist recommended to his parents that he try tennis as therapy for his optic problems.
 

ron schaap

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You could’ve saved some time writing this wall of text since his problem has been purely injuries and nothing that you mentioned applies to him. When he first came on tour, nobody was expecting him to do as well as he did but he somehow developed an amazing baseline game that was capable of beating Djokovic and Zverev on grand slam level. If you look into his performances, it wasn’t a fluke or a one-off thing. But yeah, reminiscent of Ancic this guy will probably never be a mainstay on the atp because of his physical issues.
but where are his injuries? I only remebr he got some blisters. This cant be the reason for a 3 year absence? Maybe he got corona or what?
 

ron schaap

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8 matches at all levels in the past two seasons, all of them leading up to his failed attempt to qualify for RG’20; no match play in 2021. I would suspect that if his chronic back issues have kept him sidelined this long that there is no easy path back to top 100 and ATP level success of any significance.

His success for even the short span it lasted is a minor miracle for a kid with such severe astigmatism that his ophthalmologist recommended to his parents that he try tennis as therapy for his optic problems.
Well maybe you remebr an american player Gene Mayer with his two handed forehand and with his queer service. It turned out he had back problems during his whole career and he got to number 3 of the world!
 

stringertom

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Well maybe you remebr an american player Gene Mayer with his two handed forehand and with his queer service. It turned out he had back problems during his whole career and he got to number 3 of the world!
And your point is?

Ridiculous attempt at a parallel to Chung’s current status. At no point in Mayer’s peak did he become so disabled by his back issues to play just 8 matches in 2 years.
 

Tennisgods

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This thread, or a version of it, gets made about every two months lol. It's amazing what one SF appearance does for one man's clout and memorability.
To be fair, he beat Djokovic at the slam that makes him a GOAT candidate, where he is 9-0 in finals. Notable scalp!
 

a10best

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You could’ve saved some time writing this wall of text since his problem has been purely injuries and nothing that you mentioned applies to him. When he first came on tour, nobody was expecting him to do as well as he did but he somehow developed an amazing baseline game that was capable of beating Djokovic and Zverev on grand slam level. If you look into his performances, it wasn’t a fluke or a one-off thing. But yeah, reminiscent of Ancic this guy will probably never be a mainstay on the atp because of his physical issues.
Here's another 9 foot wall of text that may annoy you since you may be used to short texts and socialmedia blurbs.
So did he beat Djokovic twice? Nope. Although, I would have loved that but he didn't.
Has he made another slam QF or better? No

Ok. so yeah, for now it's a one-off. Just like Sandgren. It happens and some players break through with a nice run but never repeat that.
Props to them for doing so but for some to say he is a baby Djokovic or equal to Soderling is crazy.
Injuries come with playing the sport.. You either do well or don't and speculating his wins if he was fit is just a wild imagination.
By the way, Ancic had a much better career than Chung.
If Chung comes back and gets back to Jan. 2018 form that would be great news.

However, Zev & Med whom he beat at AO 2018, Tsistsipas, Berretini, Sharpovalov, Alliasime, Tiafoe have all improved a lot. Add in the big 3 or 4 coming back, plus Thiem, Rublev, Del Po, Isner, Opelka, Sebastian Korda, Sock (returning?), an improving Nakashima, the chances of even a QF at a slam in 2022 for Chung are very thin. But, you never know unless you try. He did it once so he should be confident he can do it again against major odds.
 
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