Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung will return to River Oaks Country Club in April to play the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship for the fourth time.
At the Australian Open, the 21-year-old Chung defeated six-time champion Novak Djokovic in the fourth round then American Tennys Sandgren in the quarterfinals. He awaits either Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in the semifinals at 2:30 am CST Friday.
Chung joins a singles field for the April 7-15 US Clay tournament that already includes Americans Steve Johnson, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe along with South African Kevin Anderson. Six-time US Clay champions Bob and Mike Bryan have committed to the doubles field.
It has been a history-making Australian Open for Chung, who is the first Korean tennis player to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal. It is his second quarterfinal of the season, having also reached that round in Auckland. Chung closed last season by winning the inaugural ATP World Tour Next Gen Finals last November in Milan. He was selected as the 2015 ATP’s Most Improved Player.
As a junior, Chung was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world and reached the Wimbledon boys final in 2013. In 2014, he won a gold medal in doubles at the Asian Games, which allowed him to do four weeks of service with the South Korean military instead of the required two years.
Chung is known for his unique look on court as he plays with glasses. His vision actually led him to pursue the sport as his doctor recommended that looking at the color green would help his eyesight.
In three previous appearances at River Oaks, Chung has reached at least the second round, including a run to the quarterfinals in 2016.
The full singles field for the 2018 tournament will be announced at the end of Feburary.
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