Duck-Hee Lee, the deaf player who envies Roger Federer

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Duck-Hee Lee, the deaf player who envies Roger Federer

In an interview with ITF, Duck-Hee Lee spoke about how he started playing tennis. He said: "I was born and raised in Jechon city two hours from Seoul, the capital city of Korea. I can clearly remember visiting my middle school tennis court near home at the age of seven, for the first time.

Seeing this unusual sport with the strange long stick like a butterfly net which was called a 'racket' I felt love at first sight and I cried like a baby until I got what I wanted. My older cousin was a tennis player.

Of course, I was jealous as a kid. But that motivation actually leads me to be a tennis player. I even envy Roger Federer, but again, this gives me the hope and ambition that one day I could also become a big star. I watched so many tennis games on TV when I was young and I still do this frequently.

Through doing so I learn a lot and imagine the future. Tennis is my dream." "Because I cannot hear, my parents have always given me that extra love, for sure," added Lee. "Even now, the help and support from them are the same as it has been from day one.

Thank you, Mom and Dad. I guess their efforts have really influenced me to make the right choices and do the right thing. They have had the biggest impact on my career." Lee concluded: "I never thought about anything else.

Only tennis. I want to be a tennis star. Being a player on the tour is a great honour. So, I don’t want to lose this chance. I will work hard and commit myself solely to tennis. I really want to one day play in a crowded arena and feel the support and enthusiasm of the fans."