After an awesome run earlier this year on the ATP Challenger Tour … Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) is looking to pick up where he left off as he returns to home soil.
The 33-year-old is the second seed at this week‘s US$125,000 Challenger in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Lu will play Ze Zhang of China in the opening match … which he admitted might bring up uncomfortable emotions.
“I am close to most of the players from [Taiwan] and China. It’s quite often that we play against each other in Challenger events,” said Lu. “It‘s never easy to play with friends … because you can’t express all your feelings on the court … and we’re all too familiar with each other.”
Lu was sidelined for six months for an ongoing elbow problem … but he clawed his way back to victory.
Asked for advice by rising stars on the ATP Challenger Tour … Lu says, “You need to give all of yourself to try and score a win … because this is the only way to improve … if you’re consistent, you have a chance to show yourself on the ATP World Tour.”