Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun Beat Roddick at Wimbledon

It was a shock for everyone when Lu Yen-Hsun 盧彥勳 (Lu is the family name), ranked 82nd in the world as of June 21, 2010, beat Andy Roddick, last year’s finalist, at Wimbledon and continued onto the final eight. This is the first time in 15 years an Asian player has continued this far in Wimbledon history. Lu, 26, was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan, to a chicken-farming family. He first started playing tennis in elementary school. His talent was noticed by the Taiwanese Nobel Laureate Yuan-Tseh Lee, who practices tennis at the elementary school. Lee has been helping Lu since then. At the end of the year 2000, Lu’s father, sole bread-earner of the family, passed away of a sudden myocardial infarction after discussing Lu’s future with his coach. With no financial resources, Lu gave up his plan of attending National Taiwan University or pursue education abroad, chose to attend the National Taiwan College of Physical Education (now National Taiwan Sport University), and pursue a professional career in tennis. Lu is no stranger at beating the world’s top tennis player. In 2004, he beat the then world number 3 Guillermo Coria on the grass court of Queen’s. He entered the ATP Top 100 one month after the victory. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic, he beat the then world number 6 Andy Murray. Even though he lost to the world number 3 Novak Djokovic, his world ranking is expected to top his previous record, 45th in the world. We applause his effort, and hope the best for his future career!


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