(CNN) — As a child, people used to make fun of Duckhee Lee, telling him that he should not be playing baseball.
On Monday the West proved the doubters wrong by being the first player to win a match in the main draw of the ATP Tour.
The 21-year-old, ranked 212 in the world, watched off world No. 120 Henri Laaksonen 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 at the Winston-Salem Open at North Carolina.
People made fun of me for my handicap. They informed me that I should not be playing, Lee told me. It was certainly hard, but my family and friends helped me get through. I wished to show everyone that I could do so.
My message for those that are hearing impaired is to not be discouraged. Should you try hard, it is possible to do anything
As stated by the ATP Tour site Lee — recognized as deaf elderly two — cant hear the rating being known which means he must rely on signals from individuals or your umpire on his team or line calls.
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Taught to lipread as a youngster, the right-hander doesnt know sign language.
Throughout the media conference, a championship volunteer interpreted questions in Korean into Lees fiancee.
Slam champion Andy Murray praised Lee for his accomplishment.
If I had been to play with headphones on, it is unbelievably tough to pick up the pace of the ball, then the twist that is 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 website.
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It is obviously a enormous drawback, in order to be in a position to do what he is doing is a massive work.
Lee will next play Polands Hubert Hurkacs Tuesday at the second round and told reporters:Im going to visit the match with exactly the same attitude. I am going to do my very best and see what happens.
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