Blisters to keep Hyeon Chung out of New York Open

NEW YORK -- Hyeon Chung has pulled out of this month's New York Open because of the blister injury that forced him to retire from his semifinal loss to Roger Federer in the Australian Open.

The 21-year-old Chung became the first Korean to reach the semifinals of a major, beating Novak Djokovic along the way, but had to stop during the second set against eventual champion Federer because of blisters on his feet.

Chung says Friday in a statement that his feet have not recovered and he needs more time, adding he was looking forward to playing in front of the city's many Korean fans.

Sebastian Korda was given a wild card into the tournament, which runs Feb. 11-18. The 17-year-old American is the top-ranked junior player and was the Australian Open boys' singles champion.