Holger Rune is a Danish professional tennis player regarded by many as a future star of the sport.
Name: Holger Rune
Born: April 29, 2003
Turned Pro: 2020
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Born in Gentofte, Denmark on the 29th of April, 2003, Holger Rune enjoyed success throughout his junior career including being Danish U12 champion in mixed doubles, European U14 singles champion and 2019 French Open boys' singles.
Officially turning pro in 2020 aged just 16, Rune won his first ITF title at an M25 event in Switzerland in the September of that year.
He would then make his debut on the ATP Tour after being given a wildcard entry into the Argentina Open in 2021 although he would lose in the first round to Albert Ramos Viñolas.
Rune’s first ATP Challenger Tour title would come in June 2021 in Biella. Following the event however, his victory wasn’t the talking point. Overshadowing his win was the fact that the ATP gave Rune a fine due to a homophobic outburst made by the Dane.
On his Grand Slam debut at the 2021 US Open, Rune would fall to a brave, four-set defeat against eventual losing finalist, Novak Djokovic.
Rune broke into the world's top 100 aged just 18 in January 2022 and he continued his impressive progress at the Bavarian International Tennis Championships where he claimed his first ATP Tour title.
On his French Open debut in 2022, Rune upset 14th seed Denis Shapovalov in the first round and followed up his win with successes over Henri Laaksonen, Hugo Gaston and Stefanos Tsitsipas, becoming the first Danish man in singles to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era. Although he was beaten by Casper Ruud in the last eight, Rune rose even higher in the world rankings, breaking into the top 30 for the first time.
At the 2022 Rolex Paris Masters Rune was like a man possessed. Securing five straight wins over top 10 opponents, Rune would defeat Hubert Hurkacz, Andrey Rublev, Carlos Alcaraz and Félix Auger-Aliassime before picking up the win over defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final.
In 2023, Rune reached the fourth round of the Australian Open thanks to straight-set wins over Filip Krajinović, Maxime Cressy and Ugo Humbert, before he was defeated in a five-set thriller by Andrey Rublev.
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