At first look, Korean junior tennis player Lee Duck-hee is just one of many young juniors in the world hoping to make a name for himself in the world of tennis. But Duk-hee is unlike other junior players since he is deaf.
Speaking to reporters at the Australian open in Melbourne where he is competing in the boys draw, Hee-duck said, through sign language, "The one thing that's difficult is the communication with the umpires, both chair umpires and linesmen.
I don't hear the calls, especially the out calls, so sometimes ... just continue. That's kind of difficult but it's nothing special." Lee lost in the second round of the boys draw on Monday to Chile's Christian Garin 3-6, 3-6.
"I do worry about that because today it happened a lot of times. "The chair umpire already called 'wait' but I couldn't hear that, so there were a lot of lets. I wanted to see big (gestures) from the umpire during the match." "Actually I don't care about my disability at any time, and on the court it's easy to focus on my match because I can't hear anything.
So it's more convenient to play." "I am really happy to be here for the first time. It's a really good opportunity to judge my ability against other players in the world. I am really happy and hope to be here next year again."