How should the ATP treat the enigma that is Nick Kyrgios?

By George Davis, Lance Whittaker&Mariah Ramharack May 17, 2019

Nick Kyrgios is in hot water with the ATP for another code infraction. The SportsMax Zone is asking the question, should there be more significant sanctions for the Aussie even Aussies are complaining about.

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    Lee Duck-hee was determined to show those who "made fun of" his hearing disability as he became the first deaf player to win on the ATP Tour at the Winston-Salem Open.

    The South Korean defeated Henri Laaksonen 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 to make history with a breakthrough main-draw victory.

    For Lee, it was proof that he could succeed despite the challenges he faces and he hopes it will provide inspiration to others.

    "People made fun of me for my disability. They told me I shouldn't be playing," he said after the win.

    "It was definitely difficult, but my friends and family helped me get through. I wanted to show everyone that I could do this.

    "My message for people who are hearing impaired is to not be discouraged. If you try hard, you can do anything."

    Lee's achievement had others on the Tour marvelling, including Andy Murray, who acknowledged the difficulty of playing without hearing.

    "If I was to play with headphones on, it's unbelievably difficult to pick up the speed of the ball, the spin that's coming off the racquet," Murray said.

    "We use our ears a lot to pick things up. It's obviously a huge disadvantage, so to be able to do what he's doing is a huge effort."

    Tennys Sandgren, who beat Murray on Monday, added: "You learn so much about how your opponent hits the ball based on the sound of the shot.

    "If you can't hear it, you have to have insane skill and insane talent."

  • Murray bows out, Lee makes history at Winston-Salem Open Murray bows out, Lee makes history at Winston-Salem Open

    Andy Murray bowed out in the Winston-Salem Open first round, while Lee Duck-hee made history on a rain-hit Monday.

    Murray, playing his second singles match since undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in January, was edged by Tennys Sandgren 7-6 (10-8) 7-5 at the ATP 250 tournament.

    The three-time grand slam champion, who accepted a wildcard into the event, had his chances before losing in two hours, 10 minutes.

    Lee became the first deaf player to win a main-draw ATP Tour match, beating Henri Laaksonen 7-6 (7-4) 6-1.

    The South Korean, 21, converted three of 11 break points in a historic victory.

    Jeremy Chardy managed to get through to the second round courtesy of a 6-1 7-6 (7-5) victory over American qualifier Raymond Sarmiento.

    Rain in North Carolina saw numerous matches postponed, with eight singles encounters completed.

    Bjorn Fratangelo needed just 40 minutes to thrash Amir Weintraub 6-0 6-0 and Alexei Popyrin battled past Thiago Monteiro 5-7 6-4 7-6 (9-7).

    Marco Cecchinato led Alexander Bublik 7-6 (7-3) 1-0 when the Kazakh retired, Pablo Andujar brushed past Nicolas Jarry 6-4 6-2 and Roberto Carballes Baena beat Marcos Giron 6-2 2-6 6-3.

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