Lu Yen-hsun

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Lu Yen-hsun
盧彥勳
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Country Taiwan Taiwan
Residence Taipei, Taiwan
Born (1983-08-14) August 14, 1983 (age 31)
Sanchong District of New Taipei City, Taiwan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,688,963
Singles
Career record 124–174 (41.6%)
Career titles 0
19 Challengers
Highest ranking No. 33 (November 1, 2010)
Current ranking No. 38 (November 3, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2009, 2012)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon QF (2010)
US Open 2R (2008, 2013)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 3R (2008)
Doubles
Career record 43–58
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 86 (January 31, 2005)
Current ranking No. 294 (May 26, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2005)
French Open 1R (2009, 2010, 2011)
Wimbledon 3R (2010)
US Open 3R (2009, 2013)
Last updated on: August 26, 2014.
Lu Yen-hsun
Medal record
Tennis
Competitor for  Chinese Taipei
Asian Games
Gold 2002 Busan Mixed Doubles
Bronze 2006 Doha Team Event
Bronze 2006 Doha Mixed Doubles
Gold 2010 Guangzhou Team Event
Silver 2014 Incheon Men's Singles
Summer Universiade
Bronze 2001 Beijing Men's Singles
Gold 2003 Daegu Men's Singles
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lu.

Lu Yen-hsun (simplified Chinese: 卢彦勋; traditional Chinese: 盧彥勳; pinyin: Lú Yànxūn; born August 14, 1983 in Sanchong District of New Taipei City, Taiwan) is a Taiwanese professional tennis player. He goes by the nickname Rendy. Lu's favorite surface is hard court, though several of his ATP Tour career highlights have come on grass courts, including reaching the quarterfinals of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.

Tennis career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

Lu was an accomplished junior player, reaching as high as no. 3 in the ITF junior world singles rankings in February 2001 (and no. 9 in doubles). In his junior career, he compiled a singles win/loss record of 80–37 (63–34 in doubles) and defeated a handful of future ATP stars, including Robin Söderling, Mario Ančić, and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Junior Slam results:

Australian Open: 1R (2001)
French Open: 1R (2000)
Wimbledon: 1R (2000)
US Open: 2R (2000)

2004[edit]

In 2004, Lu became the first player from Taiwan to break into ATP Top 100, thanks to a solid performance in the Challenger circuit in the first half of 2004. He started to participate in many tour-level events. Although he suffered many defeats, his effort yielded some good wins. The most notable win came on the grass court in the Queen's Club Championships, where he gained his first top-10 win by defeating then world no. 3 Guillermo Coria.

2005[edit]

A series of injuries caused his ranking to fall rapidly in 2005. He did not participate in any tournaments after withdrawing in the second round in Ho Chi Minh City.

2006[edit]

Returning to the circuit, Lu enjoyed a solid performance throughout the season, and a late surge at the end of the season, advancing to semifinals or better in four consecutive Challengers (Rimouski, Busan, Caloundra, and Kawana). Lu lost in the final of Rimouski to his friend Kristian Pless. Two weeks later, Lu won the Caloundra challenger, beating Australia's Peter Luczak. The following week, Lu lost in the final to Julien Jeanpierre of France. Lu's hot streak moved him from no. 140 in the ATP in October to no. 89 at year-end.

2007[edit]

In winter 2006, Lu was training with Rainer Schüttler and Janko Tipsarević in Dubai, under Dirk Hordorff. The training seems to yield good results, as Lu reached second round in Australian Open and his first ATP level quarter final in Memphis in 2007. By defeating Jürgen Melzer in 2nd round, Lu entered his first ATP level quarter final, but lost to eventual finalist Andy Roddick. With the strong performance in Memphis, Lu broke into top 80 in the ranking released on February 26, 2007.

2008[edit]

In 2008, Lu did well on the Challenger circuit, taking home titles in Waikoloa, New Delhi and Tashkent, while reaching the finals of three other Challenger events. On the ATP tour, Lu booked a spot in the quarterfinals in San Jose by defeating Max Mirnyi in the first round and Wayne Odesnik in straight sets in the second round. He then lost to Radek Štěpánek in the quarter finals in two sets.

Perhaps Lu's best performance during the season came at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, representing Chinese Taipei. Lu shocked audiences by defeating then sixth ranked player in the world, Andy Murray, in straight sets in the first round. Lu continued his winning streak at the Olympics by defeating Agustín Calleri of Argentina to advance to the third round (Round of 16), but eventually lost to Jürgen Melzer of Austria.

2009[edit]

At the 2009 Australian Open, Lu advanced to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, defeating 10th seeded Argentinian player, David Nalbandian, in five sets in the second round. He lost to Tommy Robredo in the third round.

Lu, ranked 82, defeated former world no.1 Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. He then lost to Stefan Koubek.

In May 2009, Lu won the US$100,000 Israel Open at Ramat HaSharon, beating German Benjamin Becker, who forced to retire.[1]

Lu retired in his first round match against Mathieu Montcourt at Roland Garros, trailing 2–6.[2]

He was defeated by Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon in three sets.[3]

In November 2009, Lu won the US$100,000 Flea Market Cup at Chuncheon, beating Dutch player Igor Sijsling.

2010[edit]

At Wimbledon, 2011

At Wimbledon, Lu became the first Taiwanese player to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam, and the first man from Asia to reach the quarter-finals at a major in fifteen years.[4] He made it to the fourth round without dropping a set defeating Horacio Zeballos, Michał Przysiężny, and Florian Mayer, with Mayer withdrawing in the third set.[5][6][7] The unseeded Lu achieved the biggest of the upsets on "Manic Monday", by beating world #5 and fifth-seeded Andy Roddick (who was ranked 77 places higher than Lu) in 4 hours and 36 mins with the fifth set going to 9–7.[8] He lost to No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic.[9] Lu moved up 40 places to 42nd in the ATP after Wimbledon. The ATP named Lu's 4th round Wimbledon upset against Roddick as the biggest upset of 2010.[10] At the beginning of November 2010, Lu reached a career-high ATP ranking of 33rd.

2011[edit]

At the 2011 Farmers Classic, Lu defeated Robby Ginepri in the first round. He then defeated Marcos Baghdatis before losing to Ryan Harrison in the quarter finals. At the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open as the number one seeded player, defeating George Bastl in the first round before losing to Alex Bogdanovic. At the Rogers Cup, Lu lost to Bernard Tomic in the first round.

2012[edit]

On 15 June 2012 Lu Yen-Hsun clinched a shock maiden victory with a third set tiebreak triumph over third seed Janko Tipsarević to reach the quarterfinals at Queen's Club.[11]

2014[edit]

On 10 January 2014, Lu made his maiden ATP final in Auckland against John Isner by defeating David Ferrer in the semifinals. He lost in the final 6–7(4–7), 6–7(7–9). During the 2014 Asian Games, the ATP threatened to fine and ban Lu for three years if he did not report to the China Open on September 29. He had signed up to participate in both events, but the final for the Asian Games did not take place until September 30, a schedule conflict the ATP would not accommodate.[12] In response, Lu dropped out of the China Open. The ATP then announced that Lu would be fined, but not banned.[13]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. January 11, 2014 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States John Isner 6–7(4–7), 6–7(7–9)

Doubles: 4 (2–2)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. January 9, 2005 Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard Germany Rainer Schüttler Sweden Jonas Björkman
India Mahesh Bhupathi
7–5, 4–6, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 1. September 10, 2007 China Open, Beijing, China Hard South Africa Chris Haggard South Africa Rik de Voest
Australia Ashley Fisher
7–6(7–3), 0–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 2. January 9, 2010 Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard Serbia Janko Tipsarević Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Santiago Ventura
5–7, 2–6
Winner 2. September 30, 2012 PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) Thailand Danai Udomchoke United States Eric Butorac
Australia Paul Hanley
6–3, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Current through the 2014 US Open.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 7–10
French Open A A A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1–7
Wimbledon 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 3R 1R 2R 2R 10–11
US Open 1R A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2–8
Win–Loss 1–2 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–4 4–4 2–4 2–4 4–4 2–4 20–36
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics 1R Not Held 3R Not Held 1R Not Held 2–3
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R 3R 7–7
Miami Masters A A A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 6–7
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A 2R 1–1
Rome Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Madrid Masters A A A A A A A 2R A A A 1–1
Canada Masters A A A A LQ 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3–6
Cincinnati Masters 1R A A A A 1R 1R A 2R Q1 3R 3–5
Shanghai Masters Not ATP Masters Series A 2R 1R 2R Q2 2R 3–4
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–4 5–5 3–5 3–5 3–3 8–7 24–32
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1
Year End Ranking 87 158 89 110 64 98 35 82 59 65 38

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Current through the 2014 Australian Open.

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 3R A 1R A 1R 1R 2R A 2R 1R 4–7
French Open A A A A 1R A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–5
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 3R A 2R 1R 1R 3–5
US Open A A A 1R 3R 1R A 1R 2R 2R 4–6
Win–Loss 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–4 2–3 1–2 2–3 2–4 1–4 12–23

Equipment[edit]

Lu is sponsored by adidas (apparel and shoes), Head (rackets), Chunghwa Telecom and CPC Corporation. On court, Lu currently uses a Head IG Extreme Pro racket, Signum Poly Pro strings, and a Tournagrip overgrip.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lu Yen-hsun's Challenger win in Israel brings back fond memories". Central News Agency. May 10, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Murray, Verdasco Amond Early Winners at Roland Garros". The Sports Network. May 24, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lu to face top seed Roger Federer on Centre Court today". Taipei Times. June 22, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ Danielle Rossingh (June 29, 2010). "Serena Williams Faces Li Na in Wimbledon Quarterfinals as Roddick Exits". Bloomberg. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Federer, Davydenko dallies with early exit". SuperSport. June 22, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Taiwan's Lu keeps focus to go through". AFP. June 24, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ Stephen Wilson (June 26, 2010). "Isner eliminated — quickly". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ Greg Bishop (June 28, 2010). "Roddick’s Drive to the Final Ends in an Upset". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Djokovic beats Lu to reach Wimbledon semifinals". Associated Press. June 30, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ "BIGGEST UPSETS OF THE YEAR – TOP 2". Association of Tennis Professionals. December 12, 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Taiwan's Lu shocks Tipsarevic at Queen's". June 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ "ATP threatens Lu with 3-year ban over conflict with Asian Games". Central News Agency. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Sabatier, Luke (30 September 2014). "Lu Yen-hsun runs out of gas in Asian Games tennis final". Central News Agency. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

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