An accident forced him to withdraw permanently from the ATP 500 in Rotterdam. Holger Rune's adventure in the Netherlands already ended in the round of 16 against local player Gijs Brouwer, but it was a physical problem that took its toll on the Danish tennis player.
His right wrist "gave" and the world number 9 had no choice but to leave 6-4, 4-0 in favor of the Dutchman. It was a bad missed opportunity for the 19-year-old, who had not been able to reach the end of the competition in Montpellier last week (final victory for Italian Jannik Sinner).
Rune's mother clarified the player's situation and provided some important updates on his physical condition: "He needs to fully recover from his wrist problem to be able to compete, even at the highest level," she explained in an interview to sport.tv2 .dk.
Her mother also added: "Holger puts a lot of pressure on her when he has to serve or hit a forehand. She had been sore for a few days and during the game it hurt too much to continue playing," he concluded. Meanwhile, Rune announced that he has canceled his participation in the next ATP 250 in Marseille (France), thus losing one of the stars from the start of the competition.
Good news for the Pole Hubert Hurkacz and the South Tyrolean Jannik Sinner, currently registered in the tournament, who remain the two big favorites for the title. Important setback for the Dane, who will have to try to recover immediately from his physical problem to play again on the ATP circuit.
Complicated moment for the young Dane, Holger Rune, who wants to reach the best competitive level for the big tournaments, such as the first two Masters 1000 of the year, Indian Wells and Miami, where he will be one of the tennis players to follow and who could give the big news.
Rune was forced to retire
Holger Rune expressed his concern over a persistent wrist injury that has forced him to retire from the ABN AMRO Open. "I'll have to look into it. I have to get it checked again, because of course it shouldn't continue to hurt when you're my age," said Rune to TV 2 Sport.
"I have played through some pain, but today it hurt more and more as the match progressed, and in the end it hurt too much. I tried all possible methods to make it work," he expressed.