We loved this inspirational story in the New York Times this week! South Korean tennis player, Lee Duck-hee, has achieved greatness in his sport (ranked 143rd in the world) - and has achieved this greatness without hearing. The Times states, "Lee is exceptional among professionals, too. He is deaf, and no deaf player in the sport’s history has reached these heights. In tennis, simply seeing the ball is believed to be insufficient. Hearing the ball, top players say, enables faster reactions — a crucial advantage in a sport where powerful serves and groundstrokes mean that every tiny fraction of a second matters."
Duck-hee has been up against tough odds when competing in the sport. Studies show that humans react faster to auditory stimulus than a visual stimulus. Tennis players often gain their first reactions from auditory information, making split second decisions that allow them to make their play.
Reaching No. 1 world ranks and the best tennis player in South Korean history is Duck-hee's goal. We for sure are rooting him on in meeting this goal!