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Deaf player Lee wins ATP debut

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Duckhee Lee tossed the ball into the air for his first serve in an ATP tournament match and blasted it past his opponent with a loud pop.

The 21-year-old South Korean never heard it. He was born deaf.

The tour's first deaf professional player says he doesn't want to be defined by the disability that he has overcome well enough to play at the sport's highest level.

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