Lee Hyung-taik
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Lee Hyung-taik
Lee Hyung-taik
Country (sports) South Korea
ResidenceSeoul, South Korea
Born (1976-01-03) 3 January 1976 (age 44)
Hoengseong, South Korea
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1995
RetiredNov 2009; comeback in 2015
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,355,686
Career record161-164
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 36 (6 August 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2003, 2008)
French Open3R (2004, 2005)
Wimbledon3R (2007)
US Open4R (2000, 2007)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2004)
Career record40-72
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 95 (16 January 2006)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Hyeong-taek
McCune-ReischauerI Hy?ngt'aek

Lee Hyung-taik (Korean: , born 3 January 1976) is a former professional tennis player from South Korea. He won one singles title and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 36, in August 2007.

Personal life

Lee was born in a potato-farming village in Hoengseong County, South Korea. He began playing tennis at age nine with a school teacher. After retirement, he is running his own academy in Gangwon Province in the tennis center at Song-ahm Sports Town in Chuncheon named "Lee Hyung Taik Tennis Academy", which opened on 12 September 2009.[1]

Tennis career


Lee made a splash at the US Open tournament, reaching the fourth round before losing to Pete Sampras. En route to his fourth-round appearance against Sampras, Lee defeated Jeff Tarango, 13th seed Franco Squillari, and eventual Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schüttler.


In 2003, Lee became the first Korean to win ATP Tour singles and doubles titles by winning the singles tournament at the ATP Sydney as a qualifier (beating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final) and the doubles tournament at the Siebel Open in San Jose, California (partnering with Belarusian Vladimir Voltchkov).

At Wimbledon, he was defeated in the first round by eventual champion Roger Federer in straight sets.


In the second round at Wimbledon, Lee was defeated by former champion and two-time semifinalist Lleyton Hewitt in five sets, including three tie-breakers. Lee had set points in the third set tie-breakers, but went on to lose the set after an incorrect line call. As Lee went on to win the fourth set the call probably prevented him winning the match against the eventual quarterfinalist.


Lee at the 2007 US Open

Lee matched his best Grand Slam performance by making the fourth round of the US Open tournament. In the first round, he was forced to five sets before defeating Dominik Hrbatý. Lee was pit against Guillermo Cañas, who was the fourteenth seed in the tournament, in the second round. He defeated Cañas in three sets, setting up a third round showdown against nineteenth seed Andy Murray. Lee got out to a quick two set advantage against Murray, eventually winning in four sets. In the fourth round, Lee played fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko, who defeated the Korean in three sets.

His fourth round showing at the US Open capped a very successful hardcourt series. During the US Open Series, Lee reached the semifinals at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, the quarterfinals at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships and at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

Lee set personal bests in a handful of categories, including match wins and money earned. He won a career-high 25 matches and earned $386,230. Overall, Lee compiled records of 16-15 on hard, 5-5 on clay, 3-3 on grass and 1-0 on carpet. In August, he achieved his career best ranking in singles as world No. 36.


In the 2008 season, Lee had a disappointing losing streak and eventually fell out of the top 100. He did, however, match his best Masters Series result by making the fourth round of Indian Wells, beating Michaël Llodra, Jarkko Nieminen and No. 5 seed David Ferrer along the way.


In 2009, Lee played one final time for Korea, in the Davis Cup Play-off between Korea and China. He announced his retirement from pro tennis after the Davis Cup match, with Korea triumphing 3-2.


Lee sometimes played doubles alongside Korean-American player Kevin Kim. The pair reached the third round of the 2005 French Open.

Playing style

Lee is right-handed and uses a single-handed backhand. He considers his backhand as his best shot. His favorite surface is hardcourt. He was coached by countryman and former ATP professional Yoon Yong-il (since March 2006).

Career finals

Singles: 2 (1-1)

Grand Slam (0-0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (0-0)
ATP World Tour 250 series (1-1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 6 May 2001 Houston, United States Clay United States Andy Roddick 5-7, 3-6
Winner 1. 6 January 2003 Sydney, Australia Hard Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 4-6, 7-6(8-6), 7-6(7-4)

Doubles: 1 (1-0)

Grand Slam (0-0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (0-0)
ATP World Tour 250 series (1-0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 10 February 2003 San Jose, United States Hard (i) Belarus Vladimir Voltchkov United States Paul Goldstein
United States Robert Kendrick
7-5, 4-6, 6-3

See also


  1. ^ ? 12? ? [Lee Hyung Taik Tennis Academy opened on 12] (in Korean). icross . 2009-09-14. Retrieved .

External links

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