Yen-Hsun Lu’s upset of Andy Roddick at Wimbledon was more than just a personal victory. With several compatriots overcoming undeniable challenges to deliver on similar potential, the future is looking brighter for tennis in Chinese Taipei. By James Baron
In a cramped corner shop under a bridge in Chinese Taipei, Tommy Tang ruminates over a career that passed most of his countrymen by. “There wasn’t all this information when I was around,” he says. “We didn’t know anything.”
On the wall behind the counter is a poster capturing the highlight of his time in tennis: a consolatory over-the-net handshake from Ivan Lendl. Tang scraped a couple of games during their 1980 encounter – the first round of the defunct ATP Taipei carpet tournament. “That’s my brother,” he fibs, motioning to the mottled sepia print. “He passed away a while ago.”
This is an excerpt from a feature in the October issue of Australian Tennis Magazine. Download a pdf of the rest of the story here.