John Lui

  • Born1986
  • Birth Place NSW, Australia
  • LivesLane Cove, NSW, Australia
  • PlaysRight-handed
“Entering the packed brand-new athletics stadium for the opening ceremony of the Taipei Deaflympics will never be topped in my mind – it took two years to plan and cost $US 18 million, and involved Jet Li and Jackie Chan as guest stars!”

— John Lui, 24 Jul 2014

» Deaf tennis profile: John Lui

On Court

  • John got hooked on tennis by hitting the ball against the wall and watching Pete
    Sampras when he was world No.1 at Wimbledon on TV
  • His first lesson was at six years of age
  • Attended John Newcombe’s Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas in 2000
  • Qualified Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach 2011
  • Qualified Club Professional Coach 2013
  • 2012 10s and Under State Tennis Team Championships, Cessnock – Metropolitan Serves Team Manager
  • 2012 12s and Under State Tennis Team Championships, Bathurst – Metropolitan Serves Team Manager
  • 2013 12s and Under State Tennis Team Championships, Bathurst – Presidents Team Green Manager
  • World No. 7 in Men’s Singles for International Deaf Tennis
  • World No. 13 in Men’s Doubles for International Deaf Tennis
  • Ranked No.2 in Men’s Singles for Australian Deaf Tennis
  • No. 1 in NSW for Deaf Tennis
  • His future goals are to be ranked within the Top 5 in the world in singles and the No.1 ranked Australian for deaf tennis.
  • John’s motto is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Off Court

  • NSW Program Coordinator and Mentor at Hear for You                                                  
  • Founder of Lui Tennis        
  • Vice-President Deaf Tennis Australia
  • Tennis coach at the Lui Tennis
  • Studied Social Science/Law at Macquarie University


  • No.1 in Australian Team at Dresse-Maere Cup, Turkey 2011 – Placed 6th out of 12 teams
  • Quarterfinals of Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles at USA Deaf Open, Las Vegas 2010
  • Represented Australia in Melbourne Deaflympics, Australia 2005, Taipei Deaflympics, Taiwan 2009, Bulgaria 2013
  • Represented Australia in Dresse-Maere Cup, Munich, Germany 2007 and Izmir, Turkey 2011
  • Finalist in Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles of Australian National Deaf Tennis Championships, Canberra 2011
  • NSW Deaf Tennis State Champion 2010
  • Silver Medallist in Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles at Australian Deaf Games, Gold Coast 2008
  • Represented Macquarie University in Australian University Games 2003 - 2009
  • Silver Medalist at Australian University Games, Adelaide 2006
  • Gold Medalist at Eastern University Games, Coffs Harbour 2006
  • Bronze Medalist at Australian University Games, Gold Coast 2008

John Lui in the news

Australian team set for 2023 World Deaf Tennis Championships
The Australian team for the 2023 World Deaf Tennis Championships. Picture: Tennis Australia
21 September, 2023

Seven players have been selected to represent Australia at the 2023 World Deaf Tennis Championships in Greece.
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Kelly Wren and Archie Graham among winners at Australian Tennis Championships
Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley with Archie Wren and Kelly Wren at the Australian Tennis Championships.
16 April, 2021

More than 50 players competed at the 24th staging of the Australian Tennis Championships, a key initiative in Tennis Australia's Diversity and Inclusion national pathway.
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Deaf tennis profile: John Lui
John Lui; photo credit Aleksandar Sasha Dimitric
24 July, 2014

Inspired to play after watching Wimbledon, John Lui now combines a coaching career with playing competitive deaf tennis at the highest level, a highlight being selection…
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Flindell, Nixon win at Deaf Tennis Nationals
2013 National Deaf Tennis Championships mens' singles finalists Glen Flindell (L), who won the title, and John Lui; Tennis Australia
22 April, 2013

Glen Flindell and Carolyn Nixon have won the singles titles at the 2013 National Deaf Tennis Championships on the 80th anniversary of deaf tennis in Australia.
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