Currently, the compass of Korean tennis points to the 26-year-old young ace.
On the weekend of the 4th and 5th, the 2023 Davis Cup final qualifier will be held at the indoor tennis stadium in Seoul Olympic Park.
The Davis Cup is a national men’s tennis tournament organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Korea tasted the joy of advancing to the World Round of 16 for the first time in 15 years by beating Austria 3-1 in the Davis Cup qualifier held in Seoul last March. Now, taking advantage of the home ground once again, we aim to advance to the finals for the first time in history for two consecutive years.
In both name and reality, Kwon Soon-woo (26, 61st in the world ranking) is the representative ace of Korean tennis recently. Kwon Soon-woo, who recently lifted the trophy at the 2nd round of the Adelaide International, the Men’s Professional Tennis (ATP) Tour 250 Series, broke the record for the most wins on the Korean ATP Tour.
At the time, Kwon Soon-woo could not cross the wall in the second round of the preliminary round, but Sebastian Koda (USA) and Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan), who were in the finals, withdrew due to injuries, and once again qualified as a ‘lucky loser’.
‘Lucky Loser’ Kwon Soon-woo’s performance in Adelaide was like watching a sports animation. He was beaten by Thomas Machach in the second round of the preliminary round, but immediately took revenge in the first round of the main round, and then Michael defeated Mer and Jack Draper in turn, and finally reached the final stage.
It is very rare for a lucky loser to make it to the finals and lift the trophy. This is the reason Kwon Soon-woo’s victory shines more dramatically.
Kwon Soon-woo also lifted the championship cup at the Astana Open in September 2021. The Adelaide trophy is the second in Korean history. Until just before that, the one championship set by Orions International Tennis Team coach Lee Hyung-taek was the record for the most Korean ATP Tour victories.
In the 2023 Davis Cup competition, players who are currently leading Korean men’s tennis, such as Kwon Soon-woo, Nam Ji-seong, Song Min-gyu, and Hong Seong-chan, all mobilized.
The Korean national team will face the powerhouse Belgium in this final match. There has been no match against Korea since the last World Group qualifier in 1990.
Kwon Soon-woo’s opponent is David Gopin, who is ranked 41st in the world. He is a player who stands out with a strong two-handed backhand, and has a solid mentality and aggressive management. But lately, his performance has been somewhat ups and downs.
On the 2nd, the Korean national team gathered for final training and renewed their determination to advance to the Davis Cup finals at the indoor tennis court in Seoul Olympic Park.
Through this interview, Kwon Soon-woo expressed his strong determination and strong confidence, saying, “I will go aggressive first and shake my opponent (Gopin).”
Captain Song Min-gyu said, “I analyzed the opponent’s serve and return game, and found that the opponent’s net play was quite aggressive, and that he tried various changes in the return play.” 카지노
The key is not to give too much momentum in the beginning. The Korean national team is actively trying to take advantage of the home ground. The point is that Kwon Soon-woo won two singles wins. It’s difficult, but I’m trying to do it. Nam Ji-seong and Song Min-gyu’s doubles performance also plays a big role.
Meanwhile, the final round of the 2023 Davis Cup will be broadcast live on the 4th and 5th at 11:00 am through Coupang Play.