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Hyung-Taik Lee


Hyung-Taik Lee

Hyung-Taik Lee
Country  South Korea
Residence Seoul, South Korea
Born (1976-01-03) January 3, 1976 (age 38)
Hoengseong, South Korea
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1995
Retired November 1, 2009
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,257,901
Career record 156–156
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 36 (August 6, 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2003, 2008)
French Open 3R (2004, 2005)
Wimbledon 3R (2007)
US Open 4R (2000, 2007)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2004)
Career record 40–69
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 95 (January 16, 2006)
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Last updated on: September 20, 2012.
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Lee Hyung-taik
Medal record
Competitor for  South Korea
Asian Games
Gold 1998 Bangkok Team Event
Silver 1998 Bangkok Men's Doubles
Silver 2002 Busan Men's Singles
Silver 2002 Busan Men's Doubles
Silver 2002 Busan Team Event
Gold 2006 Doha Team Event
Silver 2006 Doha Men's Singles
Summer Universiade
Silver 1995 Fukuoka Men's Singles
Gold 1997 Catania Men's Doubles
Gold 1999 Palma Men's Singles

Hyung-Taik Lee (Korean: 이형택, born January 3, 1976) is a retired 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 named “Lee Hyung Taik Tennis Academy” in Gangwon Province.[1]

Tennis career


Lee made a splash at the 2000 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, thirteenth seed Franco Squillari, and 2003 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 Adidas International in Sydney as a qualifier (beating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final) and the doubles tournament at the Siebel Open in San Jose (partnering with Belarusian Vladimir Voltchkov).

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


In the second round of the 2006 Wimbledon, Lee was defeated by former champion and two-time semi-finalist 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 quarter-finalist.


Lee matched his best Grand Slam performance in 2007 by making the fourth round of the 2007 US Open tournament. In the first round, Lee 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. Lee 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 open series. During the 2007 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. Lee 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, Lee 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 playoff between Korea and China. He announced his retirement from pro tennis after the Davis Cup match, with Korea triumping 3-2.

He opened the "Lee Hyung Taik Tennis Academy" in the tennis center at Song-ahm Sports Town in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province on 12 September 2009.[1]


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

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, even though the most common surface in Korea is clay court. He was coached by countryman and former ATP professional Yoon Yong-il (since March 2006).

Career finals

Singles: 1 (1-0)

Win (1)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. January 6, 2003 Australia Sydney, Australia Hard Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 4–6, 7–6(6), 7–6(4)

Doubles wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. February 10, 2003 United States 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


External links

  • (Korean) Lee Hyung Taik Tennis Academy
  • Association of Tennis Professionals
  • International Tennis Federation
  • Template:DavisCupplayerlink
  • Lee Recent Match Results
  • Lee World Ranking History
  • Korean Men Recent Match Results
  • ATP interview
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