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Hyung-Taik Lee To Retire In October

Seoul, Korea

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Former World No. 36 Hyung-Taik Lee, who is Korea’s highest-ever ranked player, will retire from professional tennis in October.

The 33-year-old Lee is already looking to inspire the next generation of children by opening the “Hyung-Taik Lee Academy” in the Gangwon Province on 12 September.

“I want to pour all my effort into bringing up young talented tennis players,” said Lee, to the Korea Times. “I am very proud of starting my academy in my hometown. While I moved around the world on the tour, I really felt that Koreans could be world class tennis players. My goal is train players who can make it into the Top 100.”

In January 2003 he became the first Korean to capture an ATP singles title at the Medibank International in Sydney, where he qualified and beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 in the final. Two months later he clinched his only ATP doubles trophy at the SAP Open in San Jose (w/Voltchkov).

His best performances at a Grand Slam came at the US Open, where he reached the fourth round in 2000 (l. to Sampras) and 2007 (l. to Davydenko). His best showing at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments came at 2003 Miami (l. to Ginepri) and 2008 Indian Wells (l. to Wawrinka), when he made fourth round exits.

Lee made his Davis Cup debut in February 1995 and amassed a 51-23 overall record in 30 ties (41-9 in singles). In beating the Slovak Republic in September 2007, Lee led Korea back to the World Group for the first time in 20 years. 

He has compiled a 161-164 singles record and a doubles ranking-high of No. 95 (16 January 2006) with a 40-71 record.  He has won $2,350,372 in prize money.

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