Deaf tennis player Lee Duck-hee wins landmark ATP Tour match

Duckhee Lee was diagnosed as deaf aged two

Duckhee Lee was diagnosed as deaf aged two

Lee Duck Hee became the first deaf player to win an ATP match yesterday morning (Singapore time), making a statement with a straight-set win over Henri Laaksonen in the Winston-Salem Open.

The 21-year-old, who is ranked 212th in the world, beat Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen 7-6 6-1 at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina.

He is extremely reliant on eyesight and movement to make up for an inability to hear the ball off his opponent's racquet. "It was definitely hard, but my friends and family helped me get through". "I wanted to show everyone that I could do this".

Lee's career doesn't necessarily have to be defined by his lack of hearing, but what he's done to overcome what might be seen as a disadvantage by many is something that's worth admiring, and it's something that could serve as inspiration to plenty of others who find themselves in a similar position. "If you try hard, you can do anything".

Diagnosed as deaf at the age of two, Lee can not hear calls from the line judges or the umpire and relies on signals and gestures for the information.

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Taught to lipread in Korean as a child, the right-hander does not know sign language.

During his post-match interview his fiancee Soopin assisted him, clarifying answers for reporters in English.

Speaking about Lee's achievement, Britain's Andy Murray has been amazed by how well the South Korean has done considering his impairment. "We use our ears a lot to pick things up".

Lee, who faces third seed Hubert Hurkacz in the next round, played his first ATP Challenger Tour event aged 14.

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