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How This Deaf Tennis Player Gamed an Auditory Sport

By Sarah Sloat

Lee Duck-hee is the 143rd-best tennis player in the world and the second-highest ranked professional in the 18-and-under category. The South Korean 18-year-old also happens to be deaf. His success is a mixture of pure talent, resilience in the face of adversity, and a testament to the scientifically proven fact that deafness can be an asset in tennis.

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Source: Inverse

For Deaf Tennis Player, Sound Is No Barrier

By Ben Rothenberg

ASAN, South Korea — To improve its chances in the boys’ team tennis event at the National Sports Festival here, Mapo High School in Seoul brought in a ringer from Jecheon, two hours southeast of the capital. His name was Lee Duck-hee, and he had first caught the coach’s eye when he was in elementary school.

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Source: New York Times

Sound of silence: Korea's Lee hits right note on tennis court

When your nervous system is without one of the most essential senses - hearing - you either curse life or find a way to overcome it and realise your dreams.

South Korean tennis player Duckhee Lee, who was born deaf, chose the second option.

Day in and day out he slugs it out on the professional circuit and has an immediate goal to break into the top-100. He also aspires to be the number one player in Asia.

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Source: Business Standard

Tennis is my life

By Jayashree Narayanan

After winning a gold medal in doubles, and third position in singles at the Slovenia Deaf Tennis Open (held at Portoroz between September 8 – 11, this year), 19-year-old Jafreen Shaik dreams of winning big at the Deaf Olympics 2017, at Samsun, Turkey in July 2017. “I would try to win a gold medal and make India and my parents proud. For it, I am currently concentrating on my rigorous training and focussing on improving my AITA (All India Tennis Association) and ITF (Indian Tennis Federation) rankings,” Shaik, tells Metrolife, in an email interaction, after winning the doubles title.

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Source: Deccan Herald

Patiala: 19-year-old lets her racket do the talking, wins doubles title

By Nitin Sharma

IT’S A score which 19-year-old Patiala tennis player Parul Gupta kept telling her father during the flight from Slovenia to India. “We won 10-6 in the tie-break,” Parul, a hearing impaired tennis player, would tell her father Avinash Gupta.

Parul reached home after winning the doubles title with Hyderabad’s Jafreen Shaik with a 2-6, 6-4, 10-6 win over Jana Janosikova of Slovenia and Tutem Banguoglu of Turkey in the final of the Slovenia Deaf Open organised by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) last week.

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Source: The Indian Express

USADSF announces new chair of Deaf Tennis USA

Karl ReddyEffective August 1, 2016, Karl Reddy of Ridgefield, Washington, is now the Chair of Deaf Tennis of USA. Karl will work on getting Deaf Tennis of USA incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. He will also focus on development of the 2017 USA Tennis Team for the 2017 Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey.

Currently, Karl is the Chief Executive Officer of Tilikum, a social service and community advocacy service agency covering the states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, directly serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened individuals.

Karl was born in South Africa, which has a rich tradition of the sport of tennis. He participated in tennis, swimming, track & field, basketball, and recreational soccer. After graduating in International Business from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), Karl pursued further studies in Special Education at the University of South Africa, and was employed as the Project Manager of World Deaf Leadership – South Africa, with a partnership between the Deaf Federation of South Africa, Gallaudet University, and the Nippon Foundation of Japan. Besides project management, Karl has been coaching and a teacher of Physical Education in various sports; and as well as a Teacher of the Deaf. Karl is very familiar with the Deaflympics process since he was involved with the National Sports Organization of South Africa in identifying and selecting athletes for its 2005 Summer Deaflympic Team.

After obtaining his Green Card status in 2005, Karl relocated to the United States and gained more experience in the Deaf Culture by working at different institutions. Karl has since become a US Citizen in 2010. He is married to Susan Steers and is a father to three active boys.

Together, USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) and Deaf Tennis of USA warmly welcome Karl Reddy with great anticipation and excitement to help revive the Deaf Tennis program.

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation -

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