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00:00:08 00:00:12 >> Chung, one of the futures of the sport.
00:00:12 00:00:16 >> Chung is the champion in the land.
00:00:17 00:00:19 >> The Korean becomes
00:00:19 00:00:24 the first ever winner of the Next Gen ATP Finals.
00:00:24 00:00:28 >> Well, I think, Chung is really ready for a big push.
00:00:32 00:00:35 >> He's a player tipped for greatness,
00:00:35 00:00:37 South Korea's Hyeon Chung,
00:00:37 00:00:41 the first ever winner of the Next Gen ATP Finals.
00:00:41 00:00:43 Known for his distinctive glasses,
00:00:43 00:00:45 they call him the professor,
00:00:45 00:00:47 currently 23 in the rankings.
00:00:47 00:00:50 Back home, he's a star.
00:00:50 00:00:54 >> I like to be in Seoul because there is
00:00:54 00:00:57 many good restaurants and many people live in Seoul.
00:00:57 00:01:00 I have many friends in Seoul so I
00:01:00 00:01:02 like to be in Seoul all the time.
00:01:02 00:01:06 I just moved new house a few days ago.
00:01:06 00:01:08 I love new house, feel new,
00:01:08 00:01:14 new always good that's why. This is my house.
00:01:14 00:01:18 Here has all the good memories, Next Gen Milan,
00:01:18 00:01:24 all the good players. Here is kitchen.
00:01:24 00:01:30 All that is for my mom because I don't cook that much.
00:01:30 00:01:33 Here is my bedroom,
00:01:33 00:01:36 just bedding, simple, nothing here.
00:01:36 00:01:39 Rackets and all the credentials.
00:01:39 00:01:44 This is for my career, good memories.
00:01:45 00:01:49 I like to work always and everyday.
00:01:49 00:01:52 All the players have a routine, I think.
00:01:52 00:01:54 My university right here,
00:01:54 00:01:58 so always the last one training in this same area.
00:01:58 00:02:00 All the athlete in here crew are training here.
00:02:00 00:02:03 Some Pyeonchang gold medalist
00:02:03 00:02:06 here and some other good players,
00:02:06 00:02:08 so I'll just start training now.
00:02:08 00:02:11 Now, we go for tennis.
00:02:12 00:02:15 Here is Olympic Park,
00:02:15 00:02:19 the 1988, Seoul Olympic training center.
00:02:19 00:02:22 >> Hard work has led to
00:02:22 00:02:25 impressive results including a semifinal appearance
00:02:25 00:02:27 at this year's Australian Open.
00:02:27 00:02:32 >> I have really good many memories because I made first
00:02:32 00:02:37 times like round 16 in slings, first time quarters,
00:02:37 00:02:40 first time semis and I beat great player,
00:02:40 00:02:43 so all the matches I've played Novak,
00:02:43 00:02:48 Sasha, Roger, so I have a very good memories.
00:02:48 00:02:51 When I beat Novak, in Korea
00:02:51 00:02:55 every newspaper is my face in everywhere.
00:02:55 00:02:57 Before the Milan Star tournament,
00:02:57 00:02:59 I really don't know if I'm going to win
00:02:59 00:03:01 the tournament but after winning the tournament,
00:03:01 00:03:04 I've more confidence and that's
00:03:04 00:03:08 why I can start good feeling in this year.
00:03:08 00:03:12 >> 2018 has already been a big year for Hyeon Chung,
00:03:12 00:03:15 and essential to the Korean's development
00:03:15 00:03:17 are his new coach and physio team,
00:03:17 00:03:20 Neville Godwin and Alessio Chechireli.
00:03:20 00:03:21 >> They make me happy on court,
00:03:21 00:03:25 off court, any times that's why I think I play good.
00:03:25 00:03:28 With the new team, I really have
00:03:28 00:03:31 a great dinner and great time on court.
00:03:31 00:03:33 So, I think I have a really good team.
00:03:33 00:03:37 I don't know their culture but I'm learning from them.
00:03:37 00:03:40 They are trying to learn Korean culture,
00:03:40 00:03:42 so, really happy.
00:03:42 00:03:45 The physio always using chopsticks
00:03:45 00:03:47 when he take salad food.
00:03:47 00:03:50 All the time he is trying to chopsticks,
00:03:50 00:03:51 so, he's getting better and
00:03:51 00:03:54 better all the time. They're really good.
00:03:55 00:03:59 >> The trips back home offer precious time for Hyeon to
00:03:59 00:04:03 relax with his biggest fans, mom and dad.
00:04:03 00:04:06 >> We always have little time and
00:04:06 00:04:08 I'm very happy that we are able to come to
00:04:08 00:04:11 a Korean restaurant like this one that
00:04:11 00:04:15 fits the Korean custom while he is here.
00:04:15 00:04:18 >> I miss it some time, so when I'm at home
00:04:18 00:04:20 I go out and search Korean food.
00:04:20 00:04:23 I believe I eat here about once a week.
00:04:24 00:04:28 >> Even when he was in Korea,
00:04:28 00:04:29 during his junior days,
00:04:29 00:04:32 we were apart a lot during the tournaments.
00:04:32 00:04:34 Now, when Hyoen is here I
00:04:34 00:04:35 can feel it is a little different,
00:04:35 00:04:37 even since last year.
00:04:37 00:04:40 People recognize Hyeon and want to take pictures,
00:04:40 00:04:42 I've not gotten used to that
00:04:42 00:04:45 yet so it feels a bit strange.
00:04:45 00:04:47 It's okay because I think that Hyeon and I,
00:04:47 00:04:50 our family is going through something special.
00:04:50 00:04:54 Also, our oldest son is doing military service,
00:04:54 00:04:57 and it really doesn't feel like he is away in the army,
00:04:57 00:04:58 it just feels like he
00:04:58 00:04:59 went away for a tournament somewhere,
00:04:59 00:05:07 so it feels like an every day routine for me.
00:05:07 00:05:10 >> I started tennis when I was young.
00:05:10 00:05:11 Back then, I was just looking
00:05:11 00:05:14 to make friends and have fun.
00:05:15 00:05:20 >> He was very stubborn as a child, that's to say,
00:05:20 00:05:22 he didn't just pick whatever,
00:05:22 00:05:25 he made precise choices,
00:05:25 00:05:28 have strong ideas of his own.
00:05:36 00:05:39 >> Our house was small, so in the living room
00:05:39 00:05:42 Hyeon and his brother role played Festa and the dogs.
00:05:42 00:05:49 They watched their matches on TV.
00:05:49 00:05:50 There were things that could break
00:05:50 00:05:52 in the house if you swing rackets.
00:05:52 00:05:53 Korean junior players of
00:05:53 00:05:56 those days could swing fly squats like toys,
00:05:56 00:06:02 we ended buying a lot of flying squats.
00:06:07 00:06:10 >> I was told when I was younger
00:06:10 00:06:11 that my eyes were not developed,
00:06:11 00:06:14 so they suggested that playing sports was better for
00:06:14 00:06:17 me than looking at small things with bad eye sight,
00:06:17 00:06:20 so that's how I came to play sports.
00:06:25 00:06:33 I like the image of glasses as it's a unique image of [inaudible].
00:06:33 00:06:36 >> I think it fits him perfectly.
00:06:39 00:06:42 >> To ensure optimum performance,
00:06:42 00:06:44 Hyeon has a regular eye tests.
00:06:44 00:06:46 But the man behind the glasses has become
00:06:46 00:06:50 something of a fashion icon back home.
00:06:50 00:06:53 >> They call me Professor, yeah.
00:06:53 00:06:56 Fits for me, my size.
00:06:56 00:06:58 That one is my favorite.
00:06:58 00:07:00 I don't know, it just looks cool.
00:07:00 00:07:02 My eyes is really important for me.
00:07:02 00:07:05 Because I have to play with the glasses.
00:07:05 00:07:08 My eyes is really vetted.
00:07:08 00:07:12 I can see but I can't play tennis without the glasses.
00:07:12 00:07:15 >> In the spotlight, Hyeon is now
00:07:15 00:07:17 a celebrity in his hometown of Suwon.
00:07:17 00:07:20 So much so, the superstar in the making was
00:07:20 00:07:24 invited to a special derby day march in K-league.
00:07:24 00:07:27 >> We are in Suwon World Cup Stadium,
00:07:27 00:07:30 we are supporting for Suwon home team,
00:07:30 00:07:32 so, I'm really have to be here.
00:07:32 00:07:39 In halftime I have
00:07:39 00:07:44 to do speech and some sign balls to the football fans.
00:07:44 00:07:46 I think it's first time in my life.
00:07:46 00:07:48 I'm really excited and thank you for
00:07:48 00:07:52 the great opportunity to have this experience.
00:07:52 00:07:54 Many fans, for us who are on the blue shirt,
00:07:54 00:07:56 all of this Suwon fans,
00:07:56 00:07:58 I have support a lot.
00:07:58 00:08:01 I'm not really good in football but I'm
00:08:01 00:08:03 just like to watch football.
00:08:03 00:08:06 >> The hugely talented Hyeon Chung,
00:08:06 00:08:08 a Korean faithful to his roots
00:08:08 00:08:11 whilest continuing to scale
00:08:11 00:08:14 the heights of the tennis world.
00:08:15 00:08:18 >> We really thank all the fans in
00:08:18 00:08:20 Korea because they're supporting all the time.
00:08:20 00:08:24 Everything is stronger than last few years,
00:08:24 00:08:26 mentally strong, body strong,
00:08:26 00:08:29 everything is getting better all the time.
00:08:35 00:08:39 >> Next week on ATP World Tour Uncovered.
00:08:39 00:08:42 We're going global with events in the USA, Austria,
00:08:42 00:08:46 and Mexico, and happy birthday Roger.
00:08:46 00:08:50 We celebrate as Federer turns 37 years young.
00:08:50 00:08:52 Don't forget to log onto
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