November 13, 2015 10:09
Tennis player Chung Hyeon was named the Most Improved Player of the Year by the Association of Tennis Professionals on Wednesday.
The award, given as part of the ATP World Tour Awards, is voted on by ATP players and bestowed on the player who demonstrates the most significant improvement throughout the year.
Chung is the first Korean to win the award.
"The 19-year-old Korean climbed more than 120 places from No. 173 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the start of the year, winning four titles on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2015. He also reached the Shenzhen quarterfinals and is currently at a career high of No. 51," the ATP said.
Previous winners include Novak Djokovic in 2006 and 2007, Rafael Nadal in 2005, Marat Safin in 2000 and Andre Agassi in 1988 and 1998. These players all left clear marks in the tennis world, conquering the heights of the world rankings.
Seven of the 14 players who have received the award since 2000 reached the final of a major more than once; four of them won the title.
"It is a great honor to win the award that players like Agassi, Nadal and Djokovic received," Chung wrote on his social media account.
He will not be able to attend the award ceremony in London in late November as he entered boot camp in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province for four weeks of basic training on Thursday.
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