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(CNN) — As a young kid, people used to make fun of Duckhee Lee, telling him that he should not be playing baseball.
On Monday the South Korean proved the doubters wrong by becoming the first player to win a game in the main draw of the ATP Tour.
The 21-year-old, ranked 212 from the world, watched off Swiss world No. 120 Henri Laaksonen 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 in the Winston-Salem Open at North Carolina.
People made fun of me to my disability. They told me that I shouldnt be playingwith, Lee told me. It was definitely difficult, but my family and friends helped me get through. I wanted to show everybody that I could do so.
My message for people who are hearing impaired is to not be deterred. Should you try hard, it is possible to do anything
Huge effort
As stated by the ATP Tour website Lee — diagnosed as aged two — cant hear line calls or the rating being known which means he must rely on signals from your umpire or people.
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Taught to lipread as a youngster, the right-hander does not know sign language.
A tournament volunteer interpreted questions in Korean to Lees fiancee, Soopin, that acted as a conduit between Lee and colleagues.
Slam champion Andy Murray praised Lee for his accomplishment.
When I was to play with headphones , its unbelievably tricky to pick up the pace of the ball, then the spin thats coming from the racquet. We use our ears a great deal to pick things up, the former world No.1 was quoted as stating about the ATP Tour site.
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Its obviously a enormous drawback, in order to be in a position to perform what he is doing is a massive effort.
Lee will play Polands Hubert Hurkacs Tuesday at the next round and told colleagues:Im going to visit the game with the identical attitude. Im planning to do my very best and see what happens.

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