The 17-year-old Holger Rune went for Del Boys' famous - He who dares wins - parole, acting bravely and earning a reward! The world's leading junior asked world no. 1 Novak Djokovic on Instagram if he would practice with him in Monte Carlo, and Novak said yes, arranging the training session with the youngster on Wednesday.
Once he found out that Novak Djokovic will not travel to Miami, the 2019 Roland Garros junior champion sent him a message and hoped for the best, earning the opportunity to practice with the 18-time Major winner and gather a tremendous experience.
One of the best players from the 2003 generation is currently ranked 317th after winning four Futures titles and reaching his first ATP quarter-final in Santiago a couple of weeks ago as a qualifier. Novak decided to skip the season's first Masters 1000 tournament in Miami and started practicing on clay in Monte Carlo ahead of his upcoming events.
Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune will practice in Monte Carlo on Wednesday.
"I can't believe that I will have a chance to train with Novak Djokovic. He is the world's leading player, and it will be incredible to share the court with him.
I wrote to him on Instagram, to be completely honest. I asked whether he was in Monaco or the area, as I saw that he had withdrawn from Miami. Novak wrote back and confirmed that we could train together. It is awesome. It also gives me confidence because he does not bother to train with anyone.
I can not play with a better player, and it will be good sparring for me. I have never tried to play with him before, and it should be interesting to see our practice session on clay. I know he puts a lot of drop shots, so I have to move a lot.
Novak hits the ball so cleanly; it's crazy. He has insanely good strokes and does not miss many balls; it should be cool to train with him. I hope he would like that so I can see if I can take a set from him. Now I have gained some experience and know that the difference is not that big either.
There are some small things with the choices they make under different situations, but I believe I can at least challenge him," Holger Rune said.