Taipei-Taiwanese tennis player Lu Yen-hsun has withdrawn from the Australian Open to give a shoulder injury more time to recover, the tennis star confirmed on Sunday, adding that if treatment and rehabilitation go well he hopes to compete in March.
Lu, the only Taiwanese who qualified for the men's singles at the Open, was already in Melbourne preparing for the tournament and spent an hour practicing with Thai coach Danai Udomchoke on the same day, but after evaluation by the coach and a sports injury prevention team, a decision was made to withdraw from the Australian Open.
In a Facebook post, Lu said he did not want to give up on any opportunity to participate in competitions, but he would have to give everything with only a small chance of winning and run the risk that the injury could be exacerbated.
Even though Lu's shoulder has seen improvement under medical care, it would still be a gamble to compete without fully recovering, said Lu, adding that the season is just beginning, so he decided to rest more and let the shoulder recover before returning to competitive tennis.
This is the best decision in terms of prolonging his career, so he reluctantly withdrew from this year's Australian Open, said Lu.
He will continue his treatment, rehabilitation and training in the hope of being ready for the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open in March.
The Australian Open starts on Monday and will run until Jan. 28 in Melbourne.
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council