There was an audible groan around Rod Laver Arena when the umpire announced, midway through the second set, that Hyeon Chung was too injured to continue battling a rampant Roger Federer.
Fans in the arena and around the world were understandably disappointed that a potentially gripping tennis match had been diluted, and then eventually prematurely ended, by Chung’s injury.
Some of that frustration turned to anger on social media, with some incredulous Chung would give up such an opportunity due to blisters on his feet.
Turns out, these were no ordinary blisters…
Perhaps compelled to defend his decision, Chung used Instagram to post evidence of his gruesome ailment, and apologise again for his inability to complete the match.
“Tonight, I tried very hard to bring my utmost energy to the tennis court as usual,” Chung wrote