Hyeon Chung will battle Roger Federer for a spot in the Australian Open final.
Hyeon Chung will battle Roger Federer for a spot in the Australian Open final. TRACEY NEARMY

Open admiration: All aboard the Chung bandwagon

TENNIS: As a devoted armchair sports fan, I am no stranger to a bandwagon.

Does anyone remember the Brisbane Lions dominating the AFL in the early 2000s?

I sure do. I was at the Gabba cheering them on regularly and using words like "speccy" and "lace out".

Of course, after the Lions' three or four years of domination, I packed away the Lions scarf and the AFL vocabulary.

 

Fans flock to celebrate the Brisbane Lions 2002 premiership success.
Fans flock to celebrate the Brisbane Lions 2002 premiership success. DAVE HUNT

There was also a time when I was a big San Francisco 49ers fan in the NFL.

I jumped right on the Jarryd Hayne bandwagon even though I hated him as an NRL player.

I cheered on every run he made, even though that wasn't many, and booed the coaches when he wasn't used.

 

Jarryd Hayne on the run for the San Francisco 49ers.
Jarryd Hayne on the run for the San Francisco 49ers. Don Wright

Once the dream of NFL stardom was over, I quickly hopped off the Hayne bandwagon that went off the rails in Fijian rugby sevens and NRL at the Gold Coast Titans.

Just recently I have taken my seat on the Jeff Horn boxing bandwagon.

I gathered at a mate's house to add weight to his jabs and hooks when he beat Manny Pacquaio.

At the end of each round I gave my verdict and called him as a slight but clear winner, despite never having set foot in a ring and only having a passing interest in boxing.

I am still riding the Horn bandwagon, too.

 

Jeff lands a jab against Manny Pacquiao.
Jeff lands a jab against Manny Pacquiao. DAVE HUNT

I can't wait to cheer him on against America's Terence Crawford, arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, if the fight eventuates.

It has been scheduled for April 15 in New York's Maddison Square Garden.

Before that fight happens, though, I am on another bandwagon.

One I think quite a few tennis fans might join me on.

Hyeon Chung - the South Korean tennis ace who has won his way into the semi-finals of the Australian Open where he will meet tournament favourite Roger Federer.

 

South Korea's Chung Hyeon has great court coverage.
South Korea's Chung Hyeon has great court coverage. Ng Han Guan

'The Wall', as he has been named, won his way through to the semi by beating Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic.

Though this giant-killing run has been impressive, my reason for jumping on the Chung bandwagon is more to do with the way he has played.

He runs everything down, hits winners from positions you wouldn't think possible and his demeanour on court is impressive.

No top Aussie players have all of these attributes, so I am on Team Chung - until he loses a few matches, of course. 



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