- Pronounced: young-tike
- Age: 38 (03.01.1976)
- Birthplace: Hoingsung, Korea
- Residence: Seoul, Korea
- Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
- Weight: 180 lbs (82 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 1995
- Coach: Yong-il Yoon
Korea, Republic of
As of 03.03.2014
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*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Began playing tennis at age nine with his school teacher in his home town of Hoingsung, a potato farming village town of about 10,000 in province of Kang Won Do...His mother, Choon-Ja Choi, and two older brothers (Kyung-Taik and Kyu-Taik) live in Seoul...A big NBA basketball fan...Has a 49-20 career record in Davis Cup (39-8 in singles) in 28 ties since 1995...Has most Davis Cup match wins in his country's history...Participated in 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney (doubles) and 2004 Athens Olympics....Considers backhand as best shot and hard courts as favorite surface...Captured silver medal at Asian Games in December 2006 (l. to Udomchoke)...Wife, Soo-an Lee (married Feb. 28, 2004); daughter, Song-Eun (born Apr. 10, 2006); son, Chang-Hyun (born Aug. 18, 2007)... Coached by countryman and former ATP pro Yong-il Yoon (since March 2006).
Lee DEUCE Feature (Aug. 2007)
2007 -- The Korean finished as No. 1 Asian player for second consecutive season...Posted personal-best 25 match wins, achieving greatest success on North American hard courts...Reached QF indoors at San Jose in February (l. to Murray) and, during US Open Series, advanced to SF in Los Angeles (l. to Blake), QF in Indianapolis (l. to Roddick) and Washington (l. to Roddick)...Then matched career-best Grand Slam showing by reaching 4th RD at US Open (l. to Davydenko)...Also reached QF at Beijing (l. to Gonzalez)...Achieved best AMS finish on clay in Monte Carlo, a 3rd RD loss to Federer...Went 4-0 in Davis Cup action, and led Korea back into the World Group for first time since 1987...Compiled records of 16-15 on hard, 5-5 on clay, 3-3 on grass and 1-0 on carpet...Earned career-high $386,230.
2006 -- The No. 1 Asian player finished with his first year-end Top 50 ATP Ranking...Advanced to SF in Beijing (d. No. 3 Ljubicic, l. to Ancic) and Tokyo (d. No. 20 Tursunov, No. 8 Robredo, l. to Henman) and QF in Delray Beach (d. No. 16 Ginepi, l. to Spadea) and 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Hernych)...In Challenger play, compiled a 27-7 record with titles in Busan, Korea (d. Udomchoke) and Lexington (d. Delic)...Also won Seoul Challenger for a sixth time...Also a SF at Waikoloa, Chikmagalur, Dharwad Challengers...Went 2-4 vs. Top 10 opponents...Put together an 18-11 record on hard and 4-3 on grass along with 13-5 in tie-breaks...
2005 -- Reached 3rd RD at AMS Miami (l. to Monfils)... Advanced to 3rd RD at Roland Garros for second consecutive year (l. to Ferrer)... On grass, reached 2nd RD at Nottingham and Wimbledon, losing to Ferrero in five sets at All England Club... Lost next four matches before winning both singles rubbers in Korea's Davis Cup tie vs. New Zealand... In October, finished season with Challenger title in native Seoul (d. Thomann)...
2004 -- Claimed fourth career Seoul Challenger title (d. Lisnard)...Grand Slam highlights included 3rd RD showings at Roland Garros (l. to Lopez) and US Open (l. to Pavel in five sets)...Reached SF at Queen's with wins over Ginepri, Schalken and Beck (l. to Grosjean) and QF in Doha (l. to to eventual champion Escude), San Jose (l. to Fish) and Beijing (l. to Srichaphan)....At Athens Olympics, lost in 2nd RD to eventual bronze medalist Gonzalez...Went 3-0 in Davis Cup singles play...
2003 -- Qualified into Sydney and won first career ATP title (d. Ferrero)...Won Seoul Challenger title for third time in four years...Won first ATP doubles title in San Jose (w/Voltchkov) as well as Challenger title in Seoul (w/A. Kim)...Earned a career-high $349,050...
2002 -- Reached QF at Sydney and Queen's... Went 2-0 in Davis Cup play (1-0 in singles)...
2001 -- Became first Korean to reach ATP final in Houston (l. to Roddick)...Successfully defended Seoul Challenger title (d. Motoura)...Went 4-1 in Davis Cup play...
2000 -- Captured Bronx Challenger title as lucky loser (d. Willems)...Qualified for US Open for Grand Slam debut and reached 4th RD (l. to Sampras)...Became first Korean to win a Slam match...Won Seoul Challenger (d. Stepanek)...
1999 -- Won first Challenger title in Yokohama (d. Srichaphan) and four Futures titles...
1998 -- Won five Futures events, including four in a row from late May until early July...
1997 -- Won Korea Satellite and captured three Satellite doubles titles...
1996 -- Won Seoul Challenger (w/Yoon)...
1995 -- Advanced to his first Challenger SF in Seoul...Won first ATP match in Seoul (d. Yoon)...Made Davis Cup debut against Indonesia 2-0 in singles...
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