Editor’s Note: ATPTour.com is resurfacing features to bring fans closer to their favourite players and tournaments. This story was originally published on 19 August 2019.

As a child, Duckhee Lee was discouraged by others to pursue his dreams of being a professional tennis player. The 21-year-old South Korean firmly proved his naysayers wrong on Monday at the Winston-Salem Open, defeating Henri Laaksonen 7-6(4), 6-1 to become the first deaf player to win an ATP Tour main draw match.

“People made fun of me for my disability. They told me I shouldn’t be playing,” said Lee. “It was definitely difficult, but my friends and family helped me get through. I wanted to show everyone that I could do this.

“My message for people who are hearing impaired is to not be discouraged. If you try hard, you can do anything.”

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