Fifteen-year-old deaf Korean tennis sensation, Lee Duck-Hee, has played at Wimbledon for the first time in his career in the Junior tournament. Duck-Hee was knocked out in the first round by the no. 7 seed Christian Garin 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 but is still alive in the boys doubles draw. Tennis World reported Duck-Hee as saying:
“When I play tennis, my hearing doesn’t give me any difficulty. No problems at all,” he said.
“If I was to hear, I want to hear the fans cheering. Because I cannot hear, I have already overcome this disability so as far as I’m concerned it doesn’t matter at all. I’m growing up and that instinct will grow.”
Duck-Lee communicates using sign language and lip reading and he has already won over Rafa Nadal, one of the sport’s biggest stars, after he earned his first ATP Tour ranking point as one of the youngest players on the tour.
Hopefully, we’ll be seeing lots more of this young tennis sensation in future.
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