Last Updated on May 22, 2023
The young player from Denmark, Rune, beat top players Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud in Italy at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. However, Daniil Medvedev defeated him in the final game. Even though he was sad about losing the final on Sunday, Rune leaves Rome with 13 wins and only 3 losses on clay this season. This gives him a lot of good things to look forward to in the Roland Garros tournament.
Holger Rune, who made it to the final in a big clay-court competition in Monte-Carlo last month, has moved up one place to 6th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings after his performance in Rome.
However, Holger’s career hit another success, when he was ranked No.1in ITF juniors, after he defeated Harold Mayot to win the ITF junior finals. Holger, graduated from junior level to pro-level in 2020 at the age of 16. In March 2021, Rune made his ATP debut, but unfortunately for him lost his first match to fifth-seeded Albert Ramos in three sets. Holger did not let that weigh him down, the following week of his defeat he was accepted into a qualifying draw as a wildcard at the Chile Open. He was successful this time, he won the qualifying round, and recorded his first ATP match win against the Argentine Sebastian Baez in straight sets. He followed the victory up, by defeating Benoit Paire to reach his first ATP quarterfinals. But his journey at the Chile Open ended at the quarter-finals, where he was defeated by the Argentine Fedrico Delbonis in straight sets. In this competition, he became the youngest quarterfinalist since 2014.
Furthermore, Holger’s career had a twist in June 2021. He won his first ATP challenger title in Bielle defeating Marco Trungelliti 6-3,5-7,7-6. A fine followed up his winning, after ATP investigated and found him guilty of homophobic slurs he made during his semifinal match in the tournament. Holger received series of wildcards the following month into a clay-court event. Series of wins in this tournament boosted his ranking to Number 145. In august, he won the San Marino open and Verona Challenger, which made him the second youngest male player in the top 150. Rune entered the US open through a qualifier play off, only to be paired with world number 1 Novak Djokovic, where he lost.
Rune made his French Open debut in May 2022, where he has been successful, he defeated 15th-seeded Denis Shapovalov in the first round, also defeating 97th seeded Henri Laaksonen, in the second round, before defeating Gaston in the third round. He defeated fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, reaching his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Who Is Holger Rune’s Current Coach?
Above all, having talked more about Holger Rune himself, more credit needs to go to his coach, and even talk more about him. His present coach is Lars Christensen who is also from Denmark, although no record shows his exact date of birth, but he said to be around 50s or 60”s. he presently resides in his hometown Denmark in Copenhagen. He started working with Holger when he has been 7 years. Christensen has described Holger to be very fast and very dedicated to becoming a good tennis player. He said this in his interview in December 2021. Since 2003, Christensen has worked majorly as a professional tennis instructor. In 2018, he was named Tennis coach of the year as a result of his work on Holger’s achievement. Christensen has also coached a female Danish tennis player Clara Tauson for seven years, during this period she won the Australian Open and became the junior World No. 1 under Christensen.
Additionally, Christensen talked about how he met Holger in an interview, he said “I was the head coach in a club in Denmark. I was in charge of everything, coaching all the kids. He came when he was seven, because his sister was playing tennis. In the winter, season, I started coaching all the small kids as well. I noticed him very fast. He progressed so fast and was totally dedicated to becoming a good tennis player, so that’s how I got my eyes on him.
In addition, Holger has achieved a lot under his coach Christensen. Holger won the European Championships indoor and outdoor in under 12 boys’ teams, the European championships under 14, the French Open, and the Junior Masters in 2019. He went on to become the junior World 1. Recently, The 19 year-old moved 350 places in the world ranking to number 40 with his performances under Christensen.
Apparently, Christensen has had major impact on Holger’s career, he earned what could be regarded as his biggest win in his career when he beat world number 3 and 2 time champion Zverev en route to 1st ATP Tour SF, final and title at 2022 Munich, becoming 1st Danish champion since Carlsen at 2005 Memphis. Holger, also became the first ATP Tour quarter-finalist born in 2003, and youngest quarter-finalist since Coric, 17, at 2014 Umag. Christensen is known majorly for concentrating on long-term player development, technical advancement, and potential maximization. All this qualities, has been proven on Clara and Holger.
More so, having talked about Holger’s career including his coach, justice won’t be done, if his trainers are left behind. Holger has regarded his mother Aneke Rune who is also a tennis coach in his crew has his psychologist trainer. In an interview, he claimed she prepare her for matches. “My mother has supported me ever since I started playing. She helps a lot with psychology, including on the court. Without her, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, She makes me work my best”.
Lastly, judging by Christensen’s coaching ability it’s safe to say Holger is in the right hands to progress well in his tennis career. Holger’s improvement in recent times, achievements, his desires and hunger for success, It’s very easy to say Holger will be successful as a tennis player, he’s definitely one to look out for on the court.
In April 2023, Rune competed in the Monte Carlo and Munich tournaments, demonstrating his clay court prowess. He advanced to the finals in both tournaments, losing to Rublev in Monte Carlo and winning against Van De Zandschulp in Munich. This marked his first title win of 2023, affirming his emerging status as a formidable player on the professional circuit.
In May, Rune continued to display his skills on the clay courts of Madrid and Rome. Although he was eliminated in the 3rd Round in Madrid by Davidovich Fokina, he made it all the way to the finals in Rome, only to lose to Medvedev in a tightly contested match.
“I’m not feeling great right now. But I’ve done well in the clay season so far,” said Rune. “I’ve made it to the final three times out of four. So I can’t be too upset. People know I really want to win. I’ve been close to winning. I hope I can learn from this.”
Holger Rune Past Coaches
At the beginning of April 2023, Danish rising star Holger Rune and famed coach Patrick Mouratoglou announced the conclusion of their full-time collaboration. This news comes after a successful six-month stint that saw Rune rise in the rankings and take home significant victories.
Patrick Mouratoglou is a renowned French tennis coach of Greek descent, known for his significant influence in the tennis industry over the past 20+ years. Born in France in June 1970, he started his coaching career at the age of 26. His credentials include coaching tennis players who have collectively won 10 Grand Slam titles, 35 coaching single titles, and 2 Olympic medals. Over 40 players have reached the Top 100 under his instruction.
Mouratoglou began his coaching career in 1999 with Marcos Baghdatis, who under his guidance became Junior World #1, won the Australian Open in 2003, and broke into the ATP Top 10. Mouratoglou also coached several successful players like Jérémy Chardy and Grigor Dimitrov. In 2012, he started coaching Serena Williams, revitalizing her career after a downturn and helping her return to the No. 1 spot in the world rankings.
Rune and Mouratoglou made the announcement public on Monday 6, expressing gratitude and respect towards each other. “Thank you so much for your help to the team, Patrick. It’s been great learning for me on many levels on and off court and a lot of good energy,” Rune acknowledged on Instagram. Mouratoglou responded in kind, reflecting on their journey, “We’ve successfully completed our mission and ended up having an incredible 6-month adventure.”
Their collaboration, which was initially intended to last for three months, extended to half a year due to the successful partnership. Under Mouratoglou’s tutelage, Rune went on to claim his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Paris, and also triumphed in Stockholm.
Despite their parting ways, Mouratoglou has expressed ongoing support for Rune, promising to keep an eye on him and his career through the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy team.
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Holger Rune’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Holger Rune under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coach||Years of Cooperation||Titles|
|Lars Christensen||2008 till date||2023 Munich (Outdoor/Clay)|
|Lars Christensen & Patrick Mouratoglou||2022-2023||2022 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (Indoor/Hard)|
2022 Stockholm (Indoor/Hard)
2022 Munich (Outdoor/Clay)