Hyeon Chung: 'In 2020, I want to stay healthy and raise my game'

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Hyeon Chung: 'In 2020, I want to stay healthy and raise my game'

The 23-year-old Hyeon Chung got the opportunity to play at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship for the second year in a row, losing to Karen Khachanov 7-6, 6-4 in an hour and 36 minutes. The Korean gave his best to stay in touch against the opponent from the top-20 but it wasn't enough for at least a set, losing the edge in the pivotal moments but still feeling pleased with the level he scowed ahead of the new season.

Finishing the season outside the top-100 for the first time since 2016, an injury-prone is ready to make a strong comeback in 2020, testing his skills in Abu Dhabi before traveling to Australia where he opens the regular season at Canberra Challenger against some strong opponents.

Talented Korean claimed the title at the Next Gen Masters in 2017, advancing into the semi-final at the Australian Open next January and cracking the top-20 20 months ago. Still, he has been struggling with injuries ever since, earning only 45 points in the first five months of 2019 and dropping out from the top-150 for the first time since February 2015!

With the new season waiting just around the corner, Hyeon is ready for all the challenges, hoping to stay injury-free and raise his level to another level in comparison to 2019 and fight for the place in the top-30 again.

"I'm just going to try and stay healthy; that's my top priority," said Chung. "I was injured last year and my first goal is to stay feat and competitive. The second one would be to try and play better than last year.

It's always tough to come back from injuries, but I'm just trying to do my best and enjoy every moment. The youngsters are playing really well and I'm just glad to be part of that group, will do my best to get back into it.

I'm trying to do my best and I'm really excited to play. If I have a chance to play the Olympics, I sure want to do that because it's a goal for everyone to try and play for their country, so I would consider it."