After the excellent second part of the season in 2021, Holger Rune was unable to express his potential in the first months of the new tennis year. The young Danish talent made it through qualifying for the Adelaide 1 tournament, but then lost in the first round to Corentin Moutet.
The Frenchman then beat him once again in Adelaide 2. Also at the Australian Open, Rune left the tournament on his debut losing in five sets to Soonwoo Kwon. The player born in 2003 then moved to South America. Between Cordoba and Buenos Aires, Rune didn't even win a set against Roberto Carballes Baena and Sebastian Baez respectively. During the last match with Baez, Rune did not like the behavior of the home crowd, who cheered on his opponent too loudly.
Holger Rune against Buenos Aires crowd: "Is tennis not soccer"
Rune wrote on his Instagram account: "Buenos Aires is a great tournament, but unfortunately there wasn't a great atmosphere on the pitch today.
I don't think people yell at me or the crowd deliberately makes noise when I'm in service or anything. It is disrespectful to me and to sport in general. All my respect goes to the chairman who kindly tried to make the audience think.
I fully understand that people can cheer for players from their country, but they have to remember that it's not a football match. In tennis you don't have ten teammates on the court to support you. The cheering is nice, but some behaviors are not good for the sport."
Baez then lost in the second round to Lorenzo Sonego. The Piedmontese played an excellent match and will have the opportunity to play for access to the semifinals of the Argentine event against Fernando Verdasco. The Italian will try to win the third tournament in his career, the second on clay after the one he won in Cagliari last year.
We recall that Juan Martin del Potro annouced his retirement due to the injuries which hit him during his career just during the Buenos Aires ATP event.