As a child, Duckhee Lee was discouraged by others to pursue his dreams of being a professional tennis player. The 21-year-old South Korean firmly proved his naysayers wrong on Monday at the Winston-Salem Open, defeating Henri Laaksonen 7-6(4), 6-1 to become the first deaf player to win an ATP Tour main draw match.
Correspondingly, is Lee Duck hee deaf?
Lee was born deaf. On the tennis court, he can hear vibrations, but must rely on hand gestures to pick up line calls and the umpire. In 2015, his story was included during a campaign for the ANZ Bank, which was a sponsor for the Australian Open that year.
Moreover, who is the highest ranked Korean tennis player?
Kwon Soon-woo (Korean: 권순우; born 2 December 1997) is a South Korean tennis player. He has a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 57 achieved on 27 September 2021.
What is deaf tennis?
For international and national level deaf competitions, players must have a hearing loss of at least 55 decibels (dB HL) in the better ear. … The pinnacle of the sport is the Deaflympics and World Deaf Tennis Championships.
Jeong is a Latin alphabet rendition of the Korean family name “정”, also often spelled Chung, Jung or Jong. As of the South Korean census of 2015, there were 2,407,601 people by this name in South Korea or 4.84% of the population. The Korean family name “정” is mainly derived from three homophonous hanja.