World No 10 Holger Rune has signed up to play Marseille, according to Michal Samulski. Rune, 19, will be making his second appearance on the indoor-hard courts of Marseille next year.
Earlier this year, Rune made his Marseille debut. In mid-February, Rune defeated Zizou Bergs in the Marseille first round before losing to Aslan Karatsev in the round-of-16.
Holger Rune to play ATP250 Marseille, February 20-26.
— Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) November 12, 2022
But a lot has changed since February as Rune has improved his game and is now a much better player.
France is becoming a special place for Rune
In late May and early June, Rune made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open.
After enjoying a deep French Open run, Rune made his best Masters result at the Paris Masters. In early November, Rune defeated five top-10 players en route to winning his first Masters title at Bercy. In the final, Rune recovered from a set down to stun Novak Djokovic.
After the Paris final, Djokovic shared a message to Rune, saying that the Dane deservedly won the title. “Congratulations to you and your team and your family, you absolutely deserve the victory, what an amazing week you had.
I’m not happy that you beat me but on the other hand, I’m happy for you, I like your personality, you’re very dedicated and I’m sure the future is very bright for you and your team. I lost to a better opponent in the crucial moments but I am proud of a great fight.
Some you win, some you lose, there’s always the next challenge to look up to. I’m very pleased with the performance," Djokovic told Rune after the final. Following his Paris run, Rune broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career.
Going into the 2023 season, Rune is now viewed much differently as many consider him now a legit title contender wherever he goes. It remains to be seen if Rune will win his first Marseille title next year.