Hyeon Chung is becoming slowly but surely the face of the South Korean sport.

Now ranked no.29, the 21-year-old has amazed the tennis world after he reached the semifinals at the Australian Open following important wins against Sascha Zverev and Novak Djokovic.

Hyeon had to bow only in the last 4 to Roger Federer and to a horrible blister that made him retire during the match against the Swiss Maestro.

The reception

Hyeon was extremely surprised after receiving a fantastic welcome when he landed at the home airport in Incheon as hundreds of fans along with the press were there to show their enthusiasm.

Chung commented

“I didn’t expect this many people to be here; I must have done something big. Tennis isn’t a popular sport here right now, but I want it to become popular.”

Finally, he added, “I’ve not set any specific target, but I will be able to win a Grand Slam tournament someday.” 

Chung also received the congratulations from the South Korea President Moon Jae stating that he wrote a “new chapter in South Korean sports history.”  

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