Lu Yen-hsun

Lu Yen-hsun (born 14 August 1983) is a Taiwanese tennis player, who goes by the nickname Rendy Lu.

Lu Yen-hsun
盧彥勳
Lu Yen-hsun.jpg
Country (sports) Chinese Taipei
ResidenceTaipei, Taiwan
Born (1983-08-14) 14 August 1983 (age 37)
Taoyuan, Taiwan
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2001
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$4,915,463
Singles
Career record161–224
Career titles0
29 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 33 (1 November 2010)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2009, 2012)
French Open2R (2013, 2015)
WimbledonQF (2010)
US Open2R (2008, 2013, 2017)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games3R (2008)
Doubles
Career record59–87
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 86 (31 January 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2005)
French Open2R (2012)
Wimbledon3R (2010)
US Open3R (2009, 2013)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2005)
Lu Yen-hsun
Traditional Chinese盧彥勳
Simplified Chinese卢彦勋

He won more titles on the ATP Challenger Tour than any other player in tennis history. His favorite surface was hard court, though several of his ATP Tour career highlights came on grass, including reaching the quarterfinals of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.

JuniorsEdit

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)

Tennis careerEdit

2004Edit

In 2004, Lu became the first player from Taiwan to break into ATP top 100, thanks to a solid performance in the Challenger Tour 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.

2005Edit

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.

2006Edit

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). He lost in the final of Rimouski to his friend Kristian Pless. Two weeks later, Lu won the Caloundra Challenger, beating Peter Luczak. The following week, he lost in the final to Julien Jeanpierre. Lu's hot streak moved him from No. 140 in the ATP in October to No. 89 at year-end.

2007Edit

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 at Australian Open and his first ATP level quarterfinal in Memphis in 2007. By defeating Jürgen Melzer in second round, Lu entered his first ATP level quarterfinal, but lost to eventual finalist Andy Roddick. With the strong performance in Memphis, Lu broke into top 80 in February.

2008Edit

 
Lu at the 2008 US Open.

In 2008, Lu did well on the Challenger Iour, 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 quarterfinals in two sets.

Perhaps Lu's best performance during the season came at the 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.

2009Edit

At the 2009 Australian Open, Lu advanced to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, defeating 10th seeded 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 $100k Israel Open at Ramat HaSharon, beating German Benjamin Becker, who was 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 $100k Flea Market Cup at Chuncheon, beating Dutch player Igor Sijsling.

2010Edit

At Wimbledon, Lu became the first Taiwanese player to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam championship, and the first man from Asia to reach the quarterfinals at a major in 15 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 No. 5, 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] but moved up 40 places to 42nd in the ATP after Wimbledon. The ATP named Lu's fourth-round Wimbledon upset against Roddick as the biggest upset of 2010.[10] At the beginning of November, Lu reached a career-high ATP ranking of 33.

2011Edit

 
At Wimbledon, 2011

At the Farmers Classic, Lu defeated Robby Ginepri in the first round. He then defeated Marcos Baghdatis before losing to Ryan Harrison in the quarterfinals. 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.

2012Edit

On 15 June 2012, Lu 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]

2013Edit

Lu lost in the second round in all Grand Slam events held in 2013.

2014Edit

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, 6–7. 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]

2015Edit

In 2015, Lu won his third doubles tournament with Jonathan Marray, at the Chennai Open. Lu also reached a career milestone by becoming only the second player in history to reach 300 career Challenger wins.[14]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Finals 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   John Isner 6–7(4–7), 6–7(7–9)

Doubles: 6 (3–3)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–2)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. January 9, 2005 Chennai Open, India Hard   Rainer Schüttler   Jonas Björkman
  Mahesh Bhupathi
7–5, 4–6, 7–6 (7–4)
Runner-up 1. September 10, 2007 China Open, Beijing Hard   Chris Haggard   Rik de Voest
  Ashley Fisher
7–6 (7–3), 0–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 2. January 9, 2010 Chennai Open, India Hard   Janko Tipsarević   Marcel Granollers
  Santiago Ventura
5–7, 2–6
Winner 2. September 30, 2012 PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok Hard (i)   Danai Udomchoke   Eric Butorac
  Paul Hanley
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. January 11, 2015 Chennai Open, India Hard   Jonathan Marray   Raven Klaasen
  Leander Paes
6–3, 7–6 (7–4)
Runner-up 3. 23 May 2015 Geneva Open, Switzerland Hard   Raven Klaasen   Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
5–7, 6–4, [7–10]

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2020 Dubai Tennis Championships.

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q1 Q1 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 1R A 1R A A 1R 0 / 13 7–13
French Open A A A Q2 A A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R1 1R 2R 1R 1R A A 0 / 10 2–9
Wimbledon A A Q1 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R A A NH 0 / 14 11–14
US Open A Q1 Q1 1R A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A A A 0 / 11 3–11
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–4 4–4 2–4 2–4 4–3 2–4 1–4 1–3 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–1 0 / 48 23–47
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held 1R Not Held 3R Not Held 1R Not Held 1R Not Held 0 / 4 2–4
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R A 1R A A NH 0 / 9 7–9
Miami Open A A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R A 2R A A NH 0 / 9 7–9
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A A 2R A A A A A NH 0 / 1 1–1
Madrid Open2 A A A A Q1 A A A A A 2R A A A A A A A A NH 0 / 1 1–1
Italian Open A A A Q1 A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canadian Open A A A Q1 A A A Q1 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R A A A NH 0 / 8 4–8
Cincinnati Masters A A A 1R A A A A 1R 1R A 2R Q1 3R 1R Q1 A A A A 0 / 6 3–6
Shanghai Masters Not ATP Masters Series A 2R 1R 2R Q2 2R 1R Q2 Q2 A A NH 0 / 5 3–5
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–4 5–5 3–5 3–5 3–3 8–7 0–5 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 40 26–40
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 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1
Overall Win–Loss 2–1 0–0 3–2 5–10 6–8 2–7 7–15 11–15 10–23 15–20 12–21 12–18 17–17 24–21 19–21 7–9 9–14 0–0 0–0 0–2 161–224
Year-end ranking 543 192 190 87 158 89 110 64 98 35 82 59 65 38 77 64 71 532 N/A 41.82%

1 At the 2013 French Open, Lu withdrew prior to the second round.
2 Held as Hamburg Masters until 2008, Madrid Masters (clay) 2009 – present.

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 3R A 1R A 1R 1R 2R A 2R 1R 1R A 1R A A 1R 0 / 10 4–10
French Open A A A A 1R A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R A 1R A A 0 / 7 1–7
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 3R A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A A A NH 0 / 7 4–7
US Open A A A 1R 3R 1R A 1R 2R 2R A 2R 2R A A A 0 / 8 6–8
Win–Loss 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–4 2–3 1–2 2–2 2–4 1–4 1–3 1–2 1–3 0–0 0–0 0–1 0 / 31 15–32
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 3 / 6
Year-end ranking 116 205 223 794 177 88 208 144 194 577 117 462 235 N/A N/A

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

Yen-hsun has a 7–27 (.206) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.[15]

Season 2001 - 2003 2004 2005 - 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 - 2020 Total
Wins 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 7
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2004
1.   Guillermo Coria 3 London, Great Britain Grass 2R 6–2, 6–4
2008
2.   Andy Murray 6 Beijing, China Hard 1R 7–6(7–5), 6–4
2010
3.   Andy Roddick 7 Wimbledon, Great Britain Grass 4R 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 9–7
2012
4.   Janko Tipsarević 8 London, Great Britain Grass 3R 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
5.   David Ferrer 5 Beijing, China Hard 1R 5–4 ret.
2014
6.   David Ferrer 3 Auckland, New Zealand Hard SF 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
7.   Tomáš Berdych 5 Cincinnati, United States Hard 2R 3–6, 6–3, 6–4

EquipmentEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lu Yen-hsun's Challenger win in Israel brings back fond memories". Central News Agency. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Murray, Verdasco Amond Early Winners at Roland Garros". The Sports Network. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Lu to face top seed Roger Federer on Centre Court today". Taipei Times. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  4. ^ Danielle Rossingh (29 June 2010). "Serena Williams Faces Li Na in Wimbledon Quarterfinals as Roddick Exits". Bloomberg. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Federer, Davydenko dallies with early exit". SuperSport. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Taiwan's Lu keeps focus to go through". AFP. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  7. ^ Stephen Wilson (26 June 2010). "Isner eliminated — quickly". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  8. ^ Greg Bishop (28 June 2010). "Roddick's Drive to the Final Ends in an Upset". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Djokovic beats Lu to reach Wimbledon semifinals". Associated Press. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  10. ^ "BIGGEST UPSETS OF THE YEAR – TOP 2". Association of Tennis Professionals. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Taiwan's Lu shocks Tipsarevic at Queen's". 15 June 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.
  14. ^ Meiseles, Josh (13 May 2015). "Lu Hits 300 Challenger Wins Milestone". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Yen-hsun – ATP Win/Loss". ATPWorldTour.com.

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