CHALLENGER WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT 2014
Challenger Spotlight: Chung, 18, Captures Maiden Title
by Josh Meiseles|
Revisit the week that was on the ATP Challenger Tour as we applaud the achievements of those on the rise and look ahead to who’s in action in the week to come.
A LOOK BACK
Chang-Sat Bangkok Open (Bangkok, Thailand): 18-year-old Hyeon Chung became the third teenager (Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev) to win on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2014, toppling top seed Go Soeda before defeating Jordan Thompson 7-6(0), 6-4 in the Bangkok final. He is the fifth Korean to claim a Challenger title and first player born in 1996 to emerge victorious on the circuit. In total, there have been 15 first-time champions this year. For Thompson, it was the 20-year-old's first final in 11 events entered.
Citta di Como (Como, Italy): Former World No. 12 and and five-time ATP World Tour finalist Viktor Troicki continued his resurgent comeback campaign last week, triumphing in Como for his third ATP Challenger Tour title. Troicki encountered little resistance in hoisting the trophy, beating Louk Sorensen 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. The Serb, champion at the Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow in 2010, reached the quarter-finals in his first tour-level tournament back this year, in Gstaad in July. He has since reached the semi-finals at the Cortina Challenger as a qualifier and quarters in San Marino before claiming victory in Como. Sorensen, who is in the midst of a comeback of his own after announcing his retirement in 2011, advancing to his third Challenger final. The Irishman reached a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 209 last month.
This week, there are six ATP Challenger Tour events across three continents. Defending champion Dustin Brown joins 2012 titlist Albert Montanes and 2005 champ Potito Starace in Genoa, Italy, while top seed Alejandro Gonzalez looks to defend his crown in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia.
The previous four champions have returned to Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands, for the TEAN International. Top seed Robin Haase accompanies fellow Dutchmen Jesse Huta Galung (2010 champion), Igor Sijsling (2011) and Thiemo de Bakker (2012). Defending champ Daniel Gimeno-Traver is seeded third.
In other action, Go Soeda leads the way in Shanghai, while top seed Paul-Henri Mathieu faces young gun Alexander Zverev in a blockbuster first-round encounter in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France. The Trophee des Alpilles welcomes back defending champion Marc Gicquel and 2012 titlist Josselin Ouanna.
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