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Lu Yen-hsun to play in London Olympics

2012/06/16 16:02:48

Taipei, June 16 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis player Lu Yen-hsun will be competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games' tennis men's single event, the Chinese Taipei Tennis Association said on Friday.

The association said the International Tennis Federation had sent a formal notice on Friday confirming that Lu's rankings as of June 11 had earned him a spot in the Olympics men's tennis single competition.

According to the Olympics criteria, only the top 66 male players in the world are chosen to participate, while female players need to have a world ranking of 62 or better to play, the association said.

One country can only send four singles players for both male and female competitions. But players who have a ranking that do not meet the Olympics criteria still have a chance to get on the waiting-list after countries finish their picks, said the association.

The association will be picking members for Taiwan's national team on June 18.

This will be the third time Lu represents Taiwan's national team at the Olympics.

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he surprisingly beat the then world number nine male player Andy Murray of the UK and made it into the third round of the games. Murray's current world rankings has climbed to number four.

Lu's older brother Lu Wei-ju told reporters that Lu hoped to take advantage of the grass courts at the Olympics. Lu is one of the first Asian players since 1995 to have made it into the quarterfinals at the grass courts of the 2010 Wimbledon Championship.

The Taiwan tennis player will be playing at the 2012 Wimbledon Championship, which will run from June 25-July 8 once he finishes games at the AEGON Championships held at Queen's Club in London UK, said Lu Wei-ju.

Lu withdrew during the AEGON Championship's quarterfinals on Friday, due to a leg injury in a match against Croatia's Marin Cilic. He had beat his previous record by entering the top eight games.

The Taiwan tennis player was trailing behind world number 25 player Cilic in two sets before calling for time out, having trailed 4-6 and 0-2.

Lu had played in two matches on the same day. He first defeated third seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) before playing against Cilic. The match against Tipsarevic was delayed because of rain.

(By Yu-cheng Lee and C.J. Lin)