Chung Hyeon Wins Inaugural World Tennis Tournament

  • By Seok Nam-jun

    November 13, 2017 11:01

    Chung Hyeon won the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan on Saturday, beating world No. 37 Andrey Rublev of Russia by 3 sets to 1.

    He became the first Korean to win an ATP Tour event in since Lee Hyung-taik won the Adidas International in January 2003.

    The ATP World Tour's inaugural under-21 tournament featured the eight best players of the season.  

    Chung Hyeon poses with his trophy after winning the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan on Sunday. /AFP-Yonhap

    The victory earned Chung US$390,000 in prize money and his first ATP title.

    "The Professor is now at the top of the Next Gen ATP class," the ATP wrote on its website. Chung, who has worn spectacles to correct his vision since childhood, has been nicknamed "the Professor" for wearing glasses during matches.

    Chung kept his cool throughout the final, while Rublev grew frustrated with Chung's impenetrable defense. Reuters said, "Korean iceman Chung Hyeon doused the fire of Russian Andrey Rublev."

    "I'm happy that I wrapped up the season with a trophy," Chung said. "I will keep working hard to do better in the next season." 

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