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Wimbledon 2018: Deaf player Lee Duck-hee aiming to qualify

By Sonia Oxley

2018 Lee Duck-hee
Deaf tennis player Lee Duck-hee is chasing his dream of Wimbledon qualification this week

Imagine the "thwack" of the racquet hitting the ball, the line judge calling "out", the umpire declaring "deuce" and the crowd clapping and cheering.

And now imagine being a professional tennis player and not hearing any of it.

That is the reality for South Korean player Lee Duck-hee, who is deaf and is hoping to qualify for the main draw at next week's Wimbledon.

"I'm very proud of myself as being the only deaf professional tennis player in the world at the moment," the 20-year-old told BBC Sport.

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Source: BBC

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Deaf Tennis Instructor Richards Named Florida Tennis Volunteer of the Month

2018 Art RichardsArt Richards serves a smorgasbord of tennis in Rotonda West, the beach community in Charlotte County, Florida, just north of Ft. Myers.

Tennis for beginners and advanced, both children and adults. Adaptive tennis (for deaf, sight-impaired, blind and wheelchair players), Masters Tennis and POP Tennis on short courts for older (and younger) players, red-orange-green ball tennis for young beginners, featuring racquets of all sizes. “Rally the Family” formats for family play. You name it, he has it.

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Source: USTA Florida

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Phoebe Suthers lifts maiden senior international titles

2018 Phoebe Suthers
Coach Catherine Fletcher (L) and Phoebe Suthers (R) at 2018 Slovenia Deaf Open.

Phoebe Suthers claimed her first senior international titles with a sensational set of performances at the 2018 Slovenia Deaf Open in Portoroz over the weekend. The 15-year-old from Yorkshire ended the prestigious event having dropped a total of just eight games across the women’s singles and doubles events.

Phoebe, who joined the Tennis Foundation’s Deaf Tennis Performance Programme in 2015, returned to Portoroz almost two years on from winning three European Deaf Tennis Championships junior medals at the same venue in 2016. She marked her return by defeating the top three seeds to lift the Slovenia Open women’s singles title in style.

After a first round bye Phoebe beat third seed Jafreen Shaikh of India 6-0, 6-1. She followed that accomplished display with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over French third seed Aurelie Coudon. Suthers arguably saved her best for last, winning Saturday’s singles final against Slovakian top seed Jana Janosikova 6-2, 6-1.

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Source: UK Deaf Sport

Photo Credit - Tennis Foundation

Catherine’s story: Why making a noise about deaf tennis is my burning passion

Deaf Awareness Week runs from 14-20 May 2018. Promoted by the UK Council on Deafness, the week long campaign provides an opportunity to raise awareness of hearing loss and celebrate the year-round projects, activities and support that makes a difference to deaf people’s lives on a daily basis.

To mark Deaf Awareness Week, the Tennis Foundation spoke to National Deaf Tennis Coach, Catherine Fletcher, who is a passionate advocate for the sport.

2018 Catherine Fletcher
Catherine Fletcher is passionate about giving something back to the sport she loves. She has been involved in tennis since she first started playing as an 11 year old.

Catherine was born profoundly deaf. As a player, she was one of the country’s best, competing internationally for the Great Britain deaf tennis team from 1997-2013. As a coach, she is now helping others, with her own coaching business in Wiltshire. Catherine and her husband Lewis are Head Coaches at Ramsbury Tennis Club, which was last month named South West Club of the Year as part of the British Tennis Awards.

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Source: UK Deaf Sport

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Golden run for tennis ace

By Bradley Lowry

2018 Hannah Ramussen
STANDING STRONG: Hannah Rasmussen with coach Tina Kenniff won two gold medals at Australian Deaf Games.

TENNIS: Mackay tennis player Hannah Ramussen has overcome adversity since birth, but has never cried foul, and her tenacity has seen her crowned Australian champion.

Born two months premature, and suffering cerebral palsy, Hannah, 21, has endured years of physical therapy before winning two gold medals at the Australian Deaf Games in Albury in January.

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Source: Daily Mercury

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Deaf Tennis Players Needed for U.S. Team at 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey

2017 DeaflympicsThe Tennis Committee of the USA Deaf Sports Federation is currently recruiting players with hearing disability to represent the U.S. at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey on July 18-30, 2017.

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Source: USTA Florida

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