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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
I couldn't find a thread for South Korean Players, so I made one.
There are no registered professional player and/or junior player of BestNorth Korea, so I would like to use the term "Korea" or "Korean" for "South Korea" or "South Korean". (South Korea is too long!)

2018 Year End ATP Singles Rankings - Male Korean Players
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Ranking	Player		Age	Points	Tourn Played
25	Hyeon Chung	22	1,585	23
203	Duckhee Lee	20	262	27
253	Soonwoo Kwon	20	211	17
266	Yunseong Chung	20	193	27
341	Ji Sung Nam	25	126	13
375	Cheong-Eui Kim	28	112	24
2018 Year End ATP Doubles Rankings - Male Korean Players
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Ranking	Player		Age	Points	Tourn Played
246	Min-Kyu Song	28	260	19
291	Ji Sung Nam	25	204	10
323T	Hyeon Chung	22	180	5
482	Cheong-Eui Kim	28	99	23
578	Hong Chung	25	76	9
656	Yunseong Chung	20	62	11
657	Sang-Woo Noh	26	62	11
727	Yong-Kyu Lim	27	52	5
Song-Nam doubles team won a Challenger Tournament in Gwanju, Korea this year.
Hong Chung is Hyeon Chung's elder Brother.
Yunseong Chung is not a relative of Hyeon Chung.

2018 Year End Boys Ranking (Combined) - Korean Boys
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Rank	Player		Movement	DOB	Event	Points
65	HAN, Seon Yong	0	18 Jan 2001	30	625
132	PARK, Minjong	2	22 Oct 2001	32	367.75
261	KIM, Geun Jun	4	27 Jul 2001	19	208
362	KIM, Dong Ju	2	09 Apr 2002	22	154.25
432	KANG, Wanseok	111	16 Dec 2001	16	128
 

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Cheong-Eui Kim won doubles tournament of Pakistan Futures F2 ($15k, w/Jandric) this week. He will also play singles final match tomorow.
He won last week's singles and doubles tournament of Pakistan Futures F2 ($15k). Two weeks in a row!

His ATP singles ranking is 372, but will be unranked when new rankings system applied. His ITF ranking is about 60, so if he wants, he can play in some challengers.
 

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i'd be curious to know if there are any north korean tennis players out there on tour. whether it be futures or juniors or challengers..anywhere.

i just remember a while ago that leader of theirs mentioning he wanted to develop sports programs in north korea for every sport and they do have athletes starting to pop up in more sports.
 

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i'd be curious to know if there are any north korean tennis players out there on tour. whether it be futures or juniors or challengers..anywhere.

i just remember a while ago that leader of theirs mentioning he wanted to develop sports programs in north korea for every sport and they do have athletes starting to pop up in more sports.
As I've mentioned, there are no registered professional or junior tennis player of north korea. No one on the tour.
Actually dictator Kim mentioned soft tennis, a variation of tennis made by japanese. There are some north korean soft tennis players who played on international event.
 

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Cheong-Eui Kim won singles tournament of Pakistan Futures F2 ($15k), too.
For two consecutive weeks, he won two singles and two doubles tournaments.
 

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2019 Australian Open Entries

MD: Hyeon Chung
Q: Duckhee Lee
Alt: Soonwoo Kwon (No. 4) -> Now No. 1 ALT
In the Q entry, Sock and Kubler already received MDWCs, so only 2 more withdrawals would bring Kwon into Q entry.

Jr. MD: Seon Yong Han
Jr. Alt: Minjong Park (No. 1) He withdrew.
Park would eventually get into Jr. Q entry, I guess.
 

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2019 1st week's ATP rankings with the new ranking system.

Singles - Korean Male Players
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Ranking	Player		Age	Points	Tourn Played
25	Hyeon Chung	22	1,585	23
218	Duckhee Lee	20	229	23
235	Soonwoo Kwon	21	206	16
274	Yunseong Chung	20	143	19
366	Ji Sung Nam	25	51	4
456	Ji Hoon Son	24	17	4
532T	Seong-chan Hong	21	8	5
641T	Min-Kyu Song	28	1	3
Doubles - Korean Male Players
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Ranking	Player		Age	Points	Tourn Played
273T	Hyeon Chung	22	180	5
363	Ji Sung Nam	25	86	3
364	Min-Kyu Song	28	86	4
563	Yunseong Chung	20	20	5
636	Cheong-Eui Kim	28	15	4
Hyeon Chung became the 1st Singles and Doubles player again, with the new rankings system.

There are no more ATP ranked Korean players.
 

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Not been a great week for Korean players. Kwon and Lee out. Yunseong Chung got bagelled and lost in the 1st round. and Hyeon Chung got beaten by world #310. Hyeon is the only Korean competing at AO ( at least in men's side).

Kwon seems to me most likely to make top 100 one day but he hasn't got the consistency yet
 

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Not been a great week for Korean players. Kwon and Lee out. Yunseong Chung got bagelled and lost in the 1st round. and Hyeon Chung got beaten by world #310. Hyeon is the only Korean competing at AO ( at least in men's side).

Kwon seems to me most likely to make top 100 one day but he hasn't got the consistency yet
This week, there is only one South Korean professional player who won at least one match. Cheong-Eui Kim won two matches in Danang Ch(80) and lost in R16. Other players(even including female players and itf level players) all lost their first match. (Some junior players won their matches anyway.)

Anyway, Cheong-Eui Kim is currently an ATP singles Unranked player, but he will be an ATP singles Ranked player again next week. And now he can freely enter M15 M25 tournaments with his ATP ranking!
 

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2019 Australian Open Results

Hyeon Chung: 2R
Soonwoo Kwon: Q1
Duckhee Lee: Q1

Junior
Seon Yong Han: 2R in singles 3R(QF) in doubles

Not good results.
 

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Soonwoo Kwon won his first challenger tournament at Yokohama Challenger80.
He is the eighth Korean player who won at least one challenger tournament (Singles).
Before Kwon's win, the last Korean player who won a challenger tournament (Singles) was Hyeon Chung. Chung won Maui challenger on January 2017 (second week of Australian open).

Now Kwon is ranked at 170, second highest ranked Korean player.

ATP Singles Rankings at March 4, 2019 (Korean Players)
63 Hyeon Chung
170 Soonwoo Kwon
244 Duckhee Lee
280 Yunseong Chung
365 Ji Sung Nam
456 Ji Hoon Son
513 Cheong-Eui Kim
535 Seong-chan Hong
645T Min-Kyu Song

Anyway, Hyeon Chung is going out of Ranking 100.
He withdrew from Marseille(250), Dubai(500) and Indian Wells(1000).
Chung might withdraw Miami(1000) too, although he didn't withdraw from the tournament yet.
 

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Ji Sung Nam lost to Shintaro Imai at final round of M15 Nish-tama last week.

32 W H2H vs NIKI, Takuto (JPN) 6-4 6-2
16 O H2H vs NISHIWAKI, Kazuki (JPN) W/O
QF W H2H vs EHARA, Hiroyasu (JPN) 6-4 6-2
SF W H2H vs YAMASAKI, Jumpei (JPN) 6-2 6-1
FR L H2H vs IMAI, Shintaro (JPN) 2-6 2-6
 

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Kwon won again today. Honestly I think he is favourite to win his 2nd challenger title this week. I am really impressed with is drop shots and lobs. sometimes he hits those drop shots a bit too much but he's pretty good at them anyway. Even if the opposing player reaches the drop shot he often follows up with impressive lobs. His touch is very good, nice forehand, backhand more consistent and serve is not too bad.
 

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Seong-chan Hong won M15 Nishi-Tokyo Singles last week
11 Mar - 17 Mar 2019

32 W H2H vs KIKUCHI, Gengo (JPN) 4-6 6-3 7-6(6)
16 W H2H vs SHIMABUKURO, Sho (JPN) 6-1 7-6(4)
QF W H2H vs ELLIS, Blake (AUS) 3-6 7-5 6-3
SF W H2H vs EHARA, Hiroyasu (JPN) 6-2 6-3
FR W H2H vs SEKIGUCHI, Shuichi (JPN) 7-6(4) 6-4

Ji Sung NAM (KOR) / Min-Kyu SONG (KOR) won M15 Nishi-Tokyo Doubles.
11 Mar - 17 Mar 2019

16 W vs MOCHIZUKI, Yuki (JPN) / YATA, Hiroki (JPN) 6-7(2) 6-4 [10-7]
QF W vs SHIMIZU, Yuta (JPN) / TAJIMA, Naoki (JPN) 6-1 6-7(5) [11-9]
SF W vs FUKUDA, Sora (JPN) / HONG, Seong Chan (KOR) 7-6(4) 6-1
FR W vs IMAI, Shintaro (JPN) / NIKI, Takuto (JPN) 4-6 7-6(4) [10-7]


Last week, Soonwoo Kwon reached QF at Shenzhen CH90, lost to [2]Baghdatis, the eventual Champion.
 

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Yikes! Kwon with a pretty poor match to lose to Giustino in the QF of Zhangjiagang Challenger.
I should have never called him favourite to win the tournament, looks like I jinxed it :lol:

But anyway, it's not too bad for Kwon as he now has a career-high ranking of 163
 

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Soonwoo Kwon won his second challenger singles title last week. (Seoul Challenger 100)

He is the third Korean player who won two or more challenger singles titles.
The first player is Hyung Taik Lee, the second player is Hyeon Chung, both of them went to top 50 in their career.

Further, he is now Korean No. 1 ATP player over Chung.
(Chung's career high ranking is much higher than Kwon's career high ranking, anyway.)

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Ranking	Move	Player		Age	Points	TouPlay	Drop	Next Best
135	↑27	Soonwoo Kwon	21	417	14	29	0
155	↓32	Hyeon Chung	22	370	21	10	0
247	↓1	Duckhee Lee	20	189	24	0	0
270	↑1	Yunseong Chung	21	161	27	0	0
357	↑7	Ji Sung Nam	25	56	7	0	0
515	-	Cheong-Eui Kim	29	10	8	0	0
572T	-	Jea Moon Lee	25	5	1	0	0
591	↓131	Ji Hoon Son	24	4	3	0	0
646T	↑2	Min-Kyu Song	28	1	3	0	0
 

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Kwon said he's aiming to be in top 100 and get direct entry for the US open. I think he will get there, assuming he stays healthy.
 

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Soon Woo Kwon is the only Korean professional player who enters 2019 Roland Garros (Q) Draw.
Hyeon Chung is on injury, Duckhee Lee and Yunseong Chung cut off.
Kwon will meet Balazs at Q1. Unfortunately Balazs look like a decent clay player, and kwon has not enough time for rest after last week's Gwangju challenger(Hard court) semifinal(18 May).
 
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