Lu Yen-hsun Becomes Taiwan’s First ATP Players' Representative

Lu Yen-hsun Becomes Taiwan’s First ATP Players' Representative
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Taiwan’s most successful male tennis player promises to devote his energies to improving players’ benefits and to pay special attention to issues regarding Asian players.

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳), the island’s most successful male professional tennis player, on Sunday was selected to become one of the 11 player representatives for the next two years at the Association of Tennis Professional (ATP), an organization governing male professional tennis players around the world. Lu is joined by top seed Novak Djokovic and number two Andy Murray.

This is the first time that a Taiwanese has been elected as a player representative for the organization.

The holder of Taiwan’s record for most ATP Challengers titles (23) and ranked No. 76 globally, Lu posted a message on social media earlier today saying that he appreciates his colleagues for their support and understands the responsibilities that come with the title.

Lu promises to devote his energies to improving players’ benefits and, given that he is an Asian player, to put greater emphasis on issues surrounding Asian players, including the development of the sport and ATP tournaments in Asia.

Elected every two years, the members of the ATP Player Council consist of 11 players — two from world’s top 10, two from No. 11 to No. 50, two from No. 51 to No. 100, two from doubles’ top 10, two at-large players, one retired player, and one coach.

According to the ATP, the council meets several times every year and proposes recommendations to the ATP management and the ATP Board of Directors.

The new council will hold its first meeting during this year’s US Open in late August and early September. Currently on the agenda of the meeting are several important issues, including negotiations for new contracts with multiple Masters events, discussions on integrating women’s events into the association’s tournaments, and drug test policies.

Lu’s coach, Danai Udomchoke, says that being elected as player representative by players from all over the world is not an easy task. Lu’s election shows he has established a good reputation for himself among players and that the efforts he has put into the ATP for more than a decade have paid off.

Since many players, including Lu, are now participating in this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, Lu received many immediate congratulations from other players, including Djokovic, who beat Lu in the first round of this year’s French Open.

Lu, 32, started his professional career in 2001 and reached No. 33, the highest singles ranking of his career, after he triumphed over former world number one Andy Roddick at the 2010 Wimbledon.

First Editor: J. Michael Cole
Second Editor: Olivia Yang