The 34-year-old Yen-Hsun Lu had made his first steps on the professional Tour almost 20 years ago and he played almost a thousand matches on Futures, Challengers and ATP level and he was ranked inside the Top 35 in 2010, 2011 and 2014. Over the years, Yen-Hsun played in only one ATP final in Auckland 2014 but he has compensated that with an amazing performance on the Challenger level, claiming 29 titles from 46 finals to earn the status of the greatest player of this category.
Lu was mixing Challengers and ATP tournaments in 2017 as well but he had injured his right shoulder, that was already bothering him in the past, and was forced to miss the action in the opening four months of the season in order to make a rehab and avoid a surgery.
He returned in Seoul and Busan Challengers but the results were not there, winning just one match in total and retiring against Lloyd Harris in Busan after feeling the pain in his shoulder again. After being forced to miss the Roland Garros "Rendy" had to make a big decision and he went to Munich to see Prof.
Dr. med. Peter Habermeyer who recommended a surgery as the best possible solution. Yen-Hsun underwent a successful surgery and he is now on the recovery path that should last for some nine months, expecting to make a comeback in the first half of 2019.
As we can see, a determination of this humble veteran is beyond any level and he will for sure give his best in order to extend his career for a few more years and win that milestone 30th Challenger crown. ALSO READ: ATP Stuttgart: Zverev sets Federer clash. First ATP win for Rudolf Molleker