Hyeon Chung: Most Improved Player of the Year
The Korean young gun wins Most Improved Player of the Year award, part of the 2015 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon
ATP World Tour players have voted Hyeon Chung as the Most Improved Player Of The Year.
In his first full year on the ATP World Tour, the 19-year-old Korean finished 2014 ranked No. 173; this year he improved to a career-best No. 52 in October 2015. The Suwon native found considerable success on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning titles in Burnie (d. Bolt), Savannah (d. McGee), Busan (d. Lacko) and Kaohsiung (d. Bhambri). As of 19 October, Chung holds a 12-10 record in tour-level events.
The Other Nominees:
Borna Coric: After finishing 2014 as the youngest player in the Top 100, the 18 year old Croat has continued to improve, going from No. 91 at the end of last year to a career-best No. 33 in July 2015. The Zagreb native advanced to the semi-finals of Dubai as a lucky loser, defeating Andy Murray in the quarter-finals and losing to Roger Federer in the semi-finals. As of 19 October, Coric is ranked No. 39 and is 25-25 at tour-level events.
Dominic Thiem: The 22-year-old Austrian took home his first three ATP World Tour titles in 2015, all on outdoor clay (Nice, Umag and Gstaad). He ended 2014 ranked No. 39 and improved his ranking to a career-high No. 18 in August. The Wiener Neustadt native’s biggest wins of the season include triumphs over No. 12 Gilles Simon in Rome, No. 13 Ernests Gulbis in Rotterdam, and No. 14 David Goffin in the final of Gstaad. As of 19 October, Thiem is ranked No. 19 and has a tour-level record of 34-25.
Bernard Tomic: In Shanghai, Tomic downed No. 8 David Ferrer and No. 11 Richard Gasquet in back-to-back matches before succumbing to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. Currently ranked a career-high No. 18, the Australian has won one title in 2015, repeating as the champion in Bogota. The 22-year-old, who turned pro in 2008, broke into the Top 20 for the first time in September after finishing 2014 ranked No. 56. As of 19 October, Tomic holds a 39-24 tour-level record on the year.