Chung Hyeon – first asian man to reach the semi-finals. But is he really asian?

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“Chung Hyeon is part Maori, which explains his explosiveness on the court.”

As the first South Korean to reach a Grand-slam quarter final, Chung Hyeon captured the hearts and minds of millions of viewers. But is he really asian, the question on the minds of many.

The controversy began when The International Tennis Federation (ITF) unveiled Chung’s hidden Maori heritage to quell people’s doubts that an Asian man can athletically compete on the world sporting stage.

“The only rational explanation for his freakish athleticism”

Investigation into his lineage began due to public questioning of his genetics. “But he’s asian?” was the big question.

A poll by The Australian asked people whether they believed Chung Hyeon was full asian, following his success on the tennis court. An overwhelming 83% of Australians said “Nah, definitely can’t be full Asian. Probably a bit of islander in him”

The Yap Native reached out to Mr Chung for comment.

“These accusations are petty and absolutely not grounded in fact whatsoever. I categorically deny all these accusations” Mr Chung stated.

“I’m very upset right now. Might have to do a haka to get the tension out”

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