Hyeon Chung pulls out of French Open due to persistent ankle injury

Surprise Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung will have to sit out the French Open due to an ankle injury.

The world No 20 had already withdrawn from the Italian Open and the Lyon Open and has now confirmed he will not be in Paris.

The 22-year-old wrote on Twitter: “Unfortunately, I had to withdraw from Lyon and now Roland Garros.

“I have been struggling with an ankle injury during the entire clay season.

“An MRI scan has revealed that I have a build up of fluid in the ankle joint which might require a small procedure and then an extended period of rest.

“Hope to see you soon and be back to full strength!”

Chung reached the last four in Melbourne back in January, beating Novak Djokovic en route, but had to retire during his semi-final against eventual champion Roger Federer, due to severe blisters.