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The 19-year-old Canadian and 23-year-old Korean, who are both playing at the Chengdu Open for the second year running, supervised a variety of training drills and provided the kids with tips to improve their form and increase their confidence.
The pair then picked a partner each to play seven-point tie-break, which was won by Chung and his teammate.
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“It was a nice activity, I’m always up for things like this,” said Auger-Aliassime, the No. 2 seed at the ATP 250 tournament. “It’s nice to put a smile on the kids’ faces and see how they play and inspire them. It’s something that I do back home, but to come to Chengdu in China and play with the local kids – it’s nice.”
“It was a fun time and great experience today,” added Chung, who won the 2019 International Challenger Chengdu in his return to action this past July. “I’m happy to be back in Chengdu. I have great memories here and love to play here. My body feels healthy now and I hope to play well this time in the Chengdu Open.”
Chung, who was sidelined five months of the season with a back injury, qualified and made the third round of the US Open, falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. Auger-Aliassime is looking to bounce back after a first-round exit to countryman Denis Shapovalov in New York. The Canadian reached his first tour-level quarter-final here last year as a qualifier.