Chung Hyeon Returns Home After Breakthrough Run at Australian Open

  • By Seok Nam-jun

    January 29, 2018 10:29

    Tennis player Chung Hyeon arrived in Korea on Sunday after wrapping up the Australian Open in Melbourne. Chung, who withdrew from a semifinal match against Roger Federer on Friday due to a foot injury, was greeted by hundreds of fans at Incheon International Airport. "I didn't know this many people would come," he said with a smile.

    When he met with Korean reporters in Melbourne on Saturday, his feet still seemed swollen, the soles bruised. But his face was glowing with excitement and joy after "a good night's sleep."

    Before the Australian Open began, Chung said his goal was to have 100,000 followers on his Instagram account. He achieved that goal, and his great run at the tournament earned him praise from the world's best players as well as many other prominent figures including President Moon Jae-in.

    Chung Hyeon (center) talks to reporters at Incheon International Airport on Sunday.

    Chung said, "I will do my best to stay in form so that I don't have to quit in the middle of a match next time."

    After possibly the most amazing two weeks of his life, what does he want to do now? "I just want to get a good rest, and have some pork. I've mostly eaten beef while I was abroad, so I miss pork. And one of my favorite things to do is rolling on my bed, so I want to do that," Chung said.

    "The most memorable match was the one against Novak Djokovic. There was no guarantee that I would have beaten Federer even if I was in my best form, but it was unfortunate that my feet were injured when I faced him."

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