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Yen-Hsun Lu, The Unknown Who Beat Andy Roddick, Took Training Tips From ‘Rocky II’

As the 82nd ranked player in the world, not many people gave Yen-Hsun Lu much of a fighting chance against No. 5 seed Andy Roddick at Wimbeldon yesterday. Nevertheless, Lu was the player who stood victorious after the epic match, ousting Roddick 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 9-7.

And what unique training technique did Lu credit for his recent success?

Chasing chickens.

While Lu discussed how he sadly regrets that his father passed away before he could witness his son triumph on such a grand stage, Lu mentioned how helping his father with his work improved his speed and agility. Via the Toronto Star:

Lu also said his father worked with live chickens going to slaughter.

“So I can catch a chicken,” he said to chuckles in the press room. “Seriously. I can catch a chicken.”

Awesome. I wonder if Lu, while chasing around a damn chicken, ever felt like a “Kentucky Fried Idiot,” much like the Italian Stallion did in Rocky II after his trainer Mickey forced Rocky to do the same thing.

For nostalgic purposes, the scene when Rocky chases the chicken is after the jump.

Good stuff. Man, the first few installments in the Rocky franchise were outstanding films, were they not? Agree or disagree with that sentiment as you wish, but ultimately, you should simply be thankful that Lu’s training regimen involved chasing a chicken, not choking one. On the other hand, I probably wouldn’t have written a post about the subject, let alone include video depicting the act. The Sportress is all about wholesome family entertainment. Surprised you didn’t know that.

Cox: Giant-killer Lu started on chickens [Toronto Star]