Lee Duck-hee

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Lee Duck-hee
Full nameLee Duck-hee
Country (sports) South Korea
ResidenceJecheon, South Korea
Born (1998-05-29) 29 May 1998 (age 22)
Jecheon, South Korea
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
Prize money$399,512
Singles
Career record3–3
Career titles0
0 Challenger, 11 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 130 (10 April 2017)
Current rankingNo. 254 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ3 (2017, 2018)
French OpenQ3 (2018)
WimbledonQ1 (2017, 2018)
US OpenQ2 (2016, 2017)
Doubles
Career record0–1
Career titles0
0 Challenger, 0 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 561 (27 May 2019)
Current rankingNo. 1,102 (30 December 2019)
Last updated on: 22 March 2020.
Lee Duck-hee
Hangul
이덕희
Revised RomanizationI Deokhui
McCune–ReischauerI Tŏkhŭi

Lee Duck-hee (이덕희; born 29 May 1998) is a South Korean professional tennis player. He has won 10 titles on the ITF Junior Circuit as a teenager, including Grade 2 tournaments in Nanjing and Sarawak.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] In 2015, his story was included during a campaign for the ANZ Bank, which was a sponsor for the Australian Open that year.[2]

Professional career[edit]

He turned pro in 2013. He played his first Challenger match at age 14. In August 2019 he became the first deaf player to compete in and win a match in the main draw of an ATP tournament with a win over Henri Laaksonen at the Winston-Salem Open.[3]

Challenger and Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 16 (11–5)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (0–2)
ITF Futures Tour (11–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (10–5)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2013 India F11, Raipur Futures Hard India Ramkumar Ramanathan 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 4–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2014 Hong Kong F1, Hong Kong Futures Hard Thailand Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul 6–1, 6–4
Loss 1–2 Jul 2014 Hong Kong F2, Hong Kong Futures Hard South Africa Ruan Roelofse 4–6, 6–3, 0–2 ret.
Win 2–2 Nov 2014 Cambodia F2, Phnom Penh Futures Hard Israel Dekel Bar 7–6(7–3), 6–4
Win 3–2 Apr 2015 Indonesia F2, Tegal Futures Hard Japan Shuichi Sekiguchi 6–1, 3–0 ret.
Win 4–2 Apr 2015 Indonesia F3, Jakarta Futures Hard Indonesia Christopher Rungkat 6–4, 6–3
Win 5–2 Jun 2015 Japan F6, Kashiwa Futures Hard Japan Toshihide Matsui 6–4, 6–2
Win 6–2 Aug 2015 China F6, Putian Futures Hard China Wu Di 6–2, 6–3
Win 7–2 Nov 2015 Thailand F8, Bangkok Futures Hard Latvia Miķelis Lībietis 6–1, 6–4
Win 8–2 Mar 2016 Japan F3, Kōfu Futures Hard Japan Yuya Kibi 6–2, 6–3
Loss 8–3 Apr 2016 China F4, Zhangjiagang Futures Hard Chinese Taipei Jimmy Wang 5–7, 3–6
Win 9–3 Mar 2016 Japan F6, Karuizawa Futures Clay Japan Yasutaka Uchiyama 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Win 10–3 Jul 2016 China F10, Longyan Futures Hard China Li Zhe 6–4, 6–4
Loss 10–4 Sep 2016 Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei Challenger Hard South Korea Chung Hyeon 4–6, 2–6
Win 11–4 Dec 2017 Indonesia F8, Jakarta Futures Hard India Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 11–5 Jun 2019 Little Rock, USA Challenger Hard Israel Dudi Sela 1–6, 3–4 ret.

Doubles: 3 (0–3)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (0–0)
ITF Futures Tour (0–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2013 Korea F6, Gimcheon Futures Hard South Korea Chung Hyeon South Korea Chung Hong
South Korea Noh Sang-woo
1–6, 5–7
Loss 0–2 Apr 2014 Japan F4, Tsukuba Futures Hard New Zealand Finn Tearney Japan Sho Katayama
Japan Bumpei Sato
4–6, 4–6
Loss 0–3 Jun 2015 Japan F6, Kashiwa Futures Hard South Korea Woo Chung-hyo Japan Yuya Kibi
Japan Takuto Niki
0–6, 3–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deafness no problem for rising star Lee
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 April 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Lee Duck-hee becomes first deaf player to win ATP Tour main draw match". 20 August 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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