Taiwanese tennis player Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) said yesterday that the heat wave in Australia affected the performance of players at the Australian Open, adding that he admired Rafael Nadal for fighting until the end of the men’s singles final despite being injured.
“Despite his injury, he managed to finish the game [against Stanislas Wawrinka] and I admire him for that,” Lu said.
Lu made the comments at the Central Weather Bureau, which invited him as the agency’s weather service ambassador. Lu is the world’s No. 54 player as ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Earlier this month, Lu secured the second place at the ATP’s Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand. He lost in the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne to Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov.
The bureau said that cardboard cutouts of Lu will be seen in major tourist attractions across the nation, adding that visitors can find out the real-time weather information at the attractions by scanning the QR Code printed on the cutouts.
In related news, the bureau said that cloudy to sunny skies are forecast from today until Monday. Chances of showers in the northern and eastern regions, as well as Matsu, would be high on Tuesday due to the influence of the northeast monsoon.
Daytime temperatures can reach 24?C to 25?C before Monday, though nighttime temperatures can drop to around 13?C or 14?C, the bureau said.
Residents of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu must beware of the influence of heavy fog, the bureau added.