South-Korean rising star Hyeon Chung has taken a wildcard into the upcoming BB&T Atlanta Open. The 22-year-old hasn't played since losing in the Madrid Masters first round in May. A foot injury forced world No. 22 Chung to withdraw from the French Open and miss the entire grass season -- including Wimbledon.
Chung debuted in Atlanta last year but failed to make a deep at the tournament. The South-Korean lost to world No. 195 Tommy Paul 4-6 6-2 6-3 in his debut match in Atlanta. Chung joins a strong Atlanta player lineup which features record four-time champion John Isner, 2016 champion Nick Kyrgios and last year's Paris Masters champion Jack Sock.
The field is also expected to feature some other rising stars such as Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz and Cameron Norrie. The South-Korean will certainly be bidding to leave his mark during this upcoming US hard-court swing as he has proved earlier this year that he is capable of playing a quality tennis on the surface.
Chung reached his maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open and made back-to-back Masters 1000 quarter-finals in Indian Wells and Masters. The South-Korean also reached the quarter-final at some lower hard-court tournaments -- at the ASB Classic in Auckland, at the Delray Beach Open and at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.
It remains to be seen will Chung be able make a splash on the hard-courts of Atlanta. The BB&T Atlanta Open is due to be held from 23-29 July. Also read: Tim Henman voted to be more boring than Andy Murray