Ernests draws Taiwanese threat in LA
Ernests will face Taiwan’s Rendy Lu Yen-Hsun in the first round of next week’s Los Angeles Tennis Open.
Lu is currently ranked No. 63 – two spots above Ernests – and is Asia’s number one player.
Lanky and speedy, Lu is at home on the hard courts where he has triumphed over both Andy Murray and David Nalbandian.
However, the hardworking 25 year-old is also injury-prone and does not have any particular major weapon in his arsenal of shots, relying instead on sound technique and solid execution.
This will be the first meeting between them.
The winner of that match will face either the eighth-seeded Marat Safin or Robby Ginepri in the second round.
If Ernests makes it through, it is likely that he will face the top seed and resurging veteran, Tommy Haas, in the quarterfinals.
Elsewhere in the draw, Ernests’ doubles partner in Indianapolis, Dimitry Tursunov, has a chance to exact revenge on his behalf as the Russian could face Marc Gicquel in the second round.