For Hanfmann, a blessing in disguise

When Yannick Hanfmann takes on 11-time champion Rafael Nadal on Monday, he won’t be fazed by the noise generated by thousands of fans getting behind the Spaniard.

Being partially deaf from childhood means he probably won’t hear them anyway! “A centre court full of spectators doesn’t affect me,” the 27-year-old Munich resident told German daily Bild.

“I have a hearing aid but it doesn’t really work. If I don’t react when somebody calls my name, they think ‘what’s up with him’?”

Whatever happens when he faces Nadal, Hanfmann is guaranteed his biggest pay day yet — nearly $51,000 if he exits in the first round.

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