17 year old Holger Rune, of Denmark, says that former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is a great role model for tennis in Denmark. The 17 year old Rune was participating in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in France last week - the league started by French coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Rune played a a replacement for the Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini and lost to French player Corentin Moutet on what was Wozniacki's birthday.
Holger Rune on countrywoman Caroline Wozniacki
According to Essentially Sports, Rune spoke about the impact of Wozniacki on tennis in Denmark.
“I think it’s great. She is a great player and a great person. She has won a grand slam which I don’t think any Danish player has won so I think it’s great to have her as a role model for tennis in Denmark.
And now she has stopped and she was playing very well even up to her retirement. So it’s great unfortunately I couldn’t win today so it would have been a better birthday for her”. Holger Rune has been training at the Mouratoglou Academy since 2016.
In October last year, he achieved a career-high ITF juniors ranking of 1 in the world. He also won the 2019 French Open boys' singles title and the 2019 ITF Junior Finals. Last year, he became the 6th youngest player to win an ATP Challenger match in the 21st century.
Rune has beguun competing on the pro circuit this year. Caroline Wozniacki retired from the sport in January and reached the No. 1 spot in the world in singles. She is the first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold the No.
1 ranking and finished on top of the rankings in 2010 and 2011. She has won 30 WTA singles titles and was the runner-up at the 2009 US Open and at the 2014 US Open. She won her first and only Grand Slam singles title at the 2018 Australian Open and returned to the No.
1 spot in 2018. In October 2018, Wozniacki announced that she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, but would like to become a role model for people with the condition. She was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease before the 2018 US Open, but was able to play through it. She is married to former NBA champion David Lee. The couple married in June 2019 in Tuscany.