Yen-Hsun Lu from Tapei aspired to be the first Taiwanese player, which he is now. He is ranked number 77 in the world and basically the number one in Asia as of August 15, 2008. Called “Rendy” by his close peers and colleagues, he is considered to be the highest ranked non-Western male player.
As per record in the ITF circuit in February 2001, Lu was a successful junior player. He defeated Robin Söderling, Philipp Kohlschreiber, and Mario Ančić, all had promising ATP career then. His victories brought him to the number three position in the career high ranking.
Born on August 14, 1983 in Taoyuan, Taiwan, Lu started playing tennis when he was eight years old. He doubted himself to be back in school to study by then since he wanted so much to concentrate in playing the sport. After a few years, Lu has been playing his best in hard courts and gathered a career Davis Cup record of 15-8, a 10-5 score in singles in nine ties. Right now he is coached by Dirk Hordorff.
It was in 2004 that Lu broke into the Top 100 of the ATP. This was a result by his moving performance in the Challenger Circuit. He began competing in different tour level events after that. However he slowed down in 2005 because of physical injuries. He returned in the circuit in 2006 and bounced back with an exceptional performance. His winning streaks advanced his ranking from number 140 to number 89 at the latest part of the year.
In February 2007, he continued to increase his position to number 80 after entering the first ATP level quarter final. In 2008, he is was ranked as number 6 and participated in the Beijing Olympics.
Currently, Lu is ranked at No. 35 as of November 15, 2010. His highest rank was achieved during the same month, where he reached No. 33. As for doubles, he is currently ranked at No. 89, but the highest he reached for was at No. 86 which he achieved in January 31, 2005.
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