This is an EXCLUSIVE interview with Rendy Lu Yen-Hsun (盧彥勳) who is now training in Kenya. Rendy is currently the world no. 64, just one rank behind Kei Nishikori.
Q1: 請問哪位球員是你的偶像, 尤其是在你職業生涯的初期階段, 哪位球員給你的啟發最大?
Which player is your idol who inspires you a lot especially at the beginning of your career?
A1: 小時候很喜歡山普拉斯打球, 尤其是他在溫布敦的時候,當時讓我們全家人對溫布敦有一種非常特殊的嚮往, 到後來踏入職業,也一直把進入四大公開賽當作是一種目標前進.
I liked to watch Peter Sampras playing when I was a kid, especially, when he played in Wimbledon. And because of him my family yearn for it, until I turned pro and playing in the Grand Slam is always my big aim.
You are the no.1 Asian tennis player before Kei overtook you in the recent revised ranking. What do you think about Kei? How do you feel about the emergence of Kei? Does this inspire you to work even harder?
A2: 他是一位非常有淺力的選手,有好的移動速度,打球也有侵略性. 我覺得這是很好啊,只是我還是照我的方式去訓練,並不會因為他而亂了自己的腳步,大家彼此良性進爭,對我們是一個進步動力.
He is gifted, has good moves and plays aggressively. I think it is good, but I am training with my own way, I will not be changed by anyone, we learn from each other, make progress together, so for us, this kind of drives us to be better.
Q3: 能否與我們分享一下在本次北京奧運會上擊敗世界四號種子Andy Murray後的心情？而又是什麼激發了你，從而讓你最終戰勝了他？
Can you share with us how he felt when you beat the world no. 4 Andy Murray at the recent Beijing Olympics? What actually motivates you to win at that match?
A3: 興奮,證明我的能力可以擊敗頂尖的選手,也讓我更有信面對這些頂尖選手. 其實賽前我沒有想很多,我只告訴自己這是我的比賽我的時間,我會不會讓她好過的想法. 當時我就是這樣想,最終我做到了.
Excited, that proved to the people that I can win the top players, and also makes me have more confidences when I play with them. Actually, I didn’t think about too much things before the match, I just told myself, it was my show, I would not treat him well, that’s what I thought in the time, and in the end, I really made it.
Do you follow the music scene in Taiwan? Who is your favorite Taiwanese singer?
A4: 我喜歡聽歌,但沒有特定的. 但我喜歡較慢的抒情歌,台灣有很多歌手都唱的非常的好,例如:王力宏 菜依琳 周杰倫…等. 每個真的都有不同特色,我會去選歌不會去選人.
Yes, I do, but at random. I like some tender songs, We have lots nice singers in Taiwan, such like Lee Hom, Jolin Tsai, Jay Chou, they are all stylish. In the most of the time, I follow to the songs not the singer.
Who is your regular practice partner when you are back in Taiwan?
A5: 我常在國外,但在台灣的時間並不常,在的時候都是以體能為主,之後我哥哥會花時間. 陪練習送球給我打,假如需要練習比賽可能在找一些青少年選手,所以我哥哥是我主要練習的對象之一.
I spend most of my time living overseas, so when I am in Taiwan, I usually have physical training, then my brother will be my practice partner. But if we have some practice match, I will practice with some junior players, so my brother is one of the regular practice partners.
Of all the tournaments you have participated, which match is your favourite or memorable ones?
A6: 我喜歡英國女皇杯草地的賽是,因為那是我第一參加ATP單打會內賽的地方. 更重要也擊敗當時世界第二阿根廷選手(Guillermo) Coria ,我喜歡那邊的一切.
I like Queen's Club because that's the place where I started my first ATP match. And also, it is the place where I won former world No.2 Argentina player Guillermo Coria, I like every single thing there.
Why do you seldom play clay tournament?
A7: 第一原因我從小就在硬地球場長大,紅土球場的技術不是這麼的熟悉, 所以才會放棄紅土比賽去選擇自己叫擅長的場地,而我需要一些時間來練習紅土. 我想這市下個階段必要做的.
The main reason is, I was trained on the hard court when I was a kid, so for me, clay court is quite strange. So, I'd rather play on courts that I'm good at and give the clay court up. I need some time to train on clay court, and this is the thing what I need in the near future.
Which country is your favorite?
I like Taiwan, because I have to travel around the world all the year, so I don’t have much time to stay in my homeland. Although Taiwan is my home land, but there are still lots places I haven’t been, and also Taiwan is the place where I can find myself.
Which player do you like to cooperate with in the doubles event?
A9: 到目前為止,我應該會選Rainer Schuttler,因為我們一起拿過一座ATP雙打的頭銜,而跟他搭配也讓我可以很盡情的發揮.
For now, I will say Rainer Schuttler, because we have won an ATP doubles title. Playing with him, I feel like I can play what I want.
Do you see an Asian tennis player winning a Slam sometime in the next few years?
A10: 我覺得是有可能發生,現在亞洲選手實力越來越好,而要贏得大滿貫需要時力還要些運氣, 但我相信有一天會實現.
I think nothing is impossible because nowadays, Asian tennis players have improved their games, but we still need some luck to win the Grand Slam, but I still believe, someday we will make it.
Would you be interested in going to university someday? What subject area(s) are you interested in?
I am interested in history indeed, but I can’t be sure what subject I will choose. History gives me lots of imagination spaces to know what happened before. I really have special feeling of it.
What do you think could be done to further develop tennis in Asia?
A12: 很多,而有些國家已經發展的不錯也投入了很多精力,但畢竟網球在亞洲開始比較慢,所以一些資訊和發展相對落後其他國家,而現在趨向地球村,很多資訊越來越 容易得到,但亞洲需要一些時間,不管是在推廣或培育都要花更多精力去做,這樣網球在亞洲才能越來越普及,選手也會越來越好.
Lots, and some countries has already did a lot for the tennis, but as we all know, tennis in Asia, it started so late, so we still need to learn a lot from the countries which has a good tennis history. To get some information and experience from them. All in all, it still needs you to spend lots time on it, to popularize and develop it, so that tennis will become a popular event here in Asia, and our Asian players will play better than before.
The first time I saw you play was in 2004 Heineken Shanghai, that time you played like a freshman who just turned to pro, but last year I saw you play in Beijing, you changed a lot. You are more confident, so could you tell us, what changed you?
A13: 其實很多事情讓我慢慢轉變,經歷很多比賽的洗禮,受傷時的沉澱,而慢慢找出怎樣才是對的方向. 有時看似簡單,但也有可能一年過一年卻還沒有變法找到,但我覺得這幾年讓我領悟一些事情,不管球場上或是球場外,都對我很有幫助.
Lots of things makes me grow up and after playing so many matches, and during the injured times, they all have guided me to find the right direction. It looks very easy, but for sure, some times it really needs time to realize maybe one year, or maybe you can’t find the answer at all. But for me, I think, in the past few years, I’ve realized something not only in the court, but also off court, it all helped me a lot.
I heard you scream in the court when I was watching you play last year in Beijing, it sounded like a word or something else, could you please tell me what is it?
It is just my breath way, nothing special.
How many hours do you train daily？
4 hours at least per day, and during the winter, it might be 6 hours, but during the match season, it depends on my body.
Do you read when you get off from the court? What kind of book you would like to read?
I like reading, it makes me calm. I like historical novel, very interested in it.
Q17: 事實上, 我和我的朋友在4年前的上海喜力網球公開賽上成為了你的粉絲。那個時候你和你的媽媽在一起，可能你已經忘記了，那個時候你非常的害羞，所以大部分的時間， 我們都是和你的媽媽在交談。讓我印象深刻的是，你媽媽對我們說了“謝謝”。那是我迄今為止第一次聽到現役的網球運動員對球迷表示感謝，記憶非常深刻。最近 一次見到你是在北京，當你遺憾地輸給了韓國的李亨澤，當你走出賽場的時候看起來非常沮喪，但當我走向你並索要合影的時候，你卻依然給了我一個很燦爛的微 笑，真的非常感激！因此我的問題是，不管你的粉絲來自哪個國家，你最想對他們說些什麼呢？
Actually, my friend and I became a fan of yours since we met you in Shanghai 4 years ago, that time you were with your mum, you might forget, you were very shy, so in the most of the time, we talked with your mum. She said 'thank you' to us, till now, I never heard any tennis players did that like you do, so really impressed me. The latest time I saw you was the day in Beijing after you lost the game to Korean Lee, you were so close, but pity, you lost. You looked so sad when you came out from the court, I went up to you and asked for a picture, You gave me a sunny smile, I really appreciate! So my question is, What do you want to say to your fans wherever she/he comes from?
Thank you all for your support and encouragement. To be honest, without your applause, your love, and your support nobody can become a good players, and you guys inspire me to fight to win matches.
Special thanks to Esther for forwarding these questions to Rendy via his brother Thomas. Also thank you to Xin Yue of Shanghai who helped us to translate this Q&A. And thanks to Ali, Kino, Elvis, Zara and others in menstennisforums.com for the questions.