(; born August 14, 1983 in Taoyuan
) is a Taiwanese professional tennis
player. He goes by the nickname Rendy
. As of November 1, 2010, Lu is ranked #33 in the world and #1 in Asia. His favorite surface is hardcourt.
Lu was an accomplished junior's player, reaching career-high #3 in the ITF
circuit (February 5, 2001). During his junior years, he defeated a handful of future ATP
stars, including Robin Söderling
, Mario Ančić
and Philipp Kohlschreiber
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. Continuing on from the good form, 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 Queen's
, where he gained his first top 10 win by defeating then world number 3 Guillermo Coria
A series of injuries caused his ranking to fall rapidly in 2005. He did not participate in any tournaments after walking over in the second round from Ho Chi Minh City.
Returning to the circuit, Lu enjoyed a solid performance throughout the season, and a late surge at the end of the season, advancing to semi-finals or better in four consecutive Challengers (Rimouski, Busan, Caloundra, Kawana). Lu lost in the finals of Rimouski to his friend Kristian Pless
. Two weeks later, Lu won the Caloundra... Read More