While the 2023 Seoul Open ATP Challenger Tour 125 (Seoul Open, total prize money of US$ 160,000) is in full swing, on the 25th, all the players representing Korean men’s tennis will float at Seoul Olympic Park.
The schedule for the men’s singles round of 32 was announced on the 25th of the 2023 Seoul Open. Including Nam Ji-seong (Sejong City Hall, 560th in the world) who passed the preliminary round and joined the finals on the 24th, Hong Seong-chan (Sejong City Hall, 194th in the world), Jeong Yun-seong (Uijeongbu City Hall, world 363rd), Lee Jae-moon (KDB Industrial Bank, world) 649th place), and 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Jeong Hyeon, who will compete in this tournament as a wild card, will appear on the Olympic Park tennis court in succession.
The first fire is opened by Nam Ji-sung and Lee Jae-moon. Nam Ji-sung and Lee Jae-moon each aim to advance to the round of 16 against Australian players.
Nam Ji-seong, who showed off impressive performance with two clean wins in a row in the preliminaries, will face Max Purcell (Australia, world No. 89), the No. 1 seed in this tournament. Lee Jae-moon, who finished runner-up at the Jakarta Open (M25K) that ended last week, will have a match against Marc Polman (Australia, world No. 209) on the main court at the same time. Although they are all inferior in the world rankings, Nam Ji-sung and Lee Jae-moon are on the rise with recent victories against top ranked players. The match between the two players starts at 11:00 am.
After Lee Jae-moon’s game on the main court, Jeong-hyeon comes out. Jung Hyeon, who became the first Korean player to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam, is returning to the singles game after 2 years and 7 months as a wild card in this tournament. Chung Hyeon will also face Australian player Jordan Thompson (world number 91). Thompson is a strong player who received the third seed in this tournament. The two players’ opponent record is 4 wins, and Jung Hyun’s advantage, but the most recent match was 2016 Taiwan Kaohsiung Challenger, which was seven years ago. First of all, we should pay attention to how much Chung Hyeon has recovered from his chronic back injury. 안전놀이터
Following this, Jung Yun-seong will play against Peter Gojowczyk (Germany, world No. 345) and Hong Seong-chan against Ito Tatsuma (Japan, world No. 578) on the main court. Last week, Jung Yun-seong won the men’s doubles at the Jakarta Open, and Hong Seong-chan is on the rise, reaching the semifinals at the Talahasi Open (Challenger 75) men’s singles.
Can Korean players laugh on the home court? The 2023 Seoul Open men’s singles round of 32 will be held on the 25th at 11:00 am at the Seoul Olympic Park tennis court.