Holger Rune Shakes Off Back Issue, Hopes To Get Back To Turin
The struggle for Holger Rune is real. The 20-year-old still hasn’t won a match since Wimbledon as he takes a 5-match losing skid into Beijing where he will open play Friday against the Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Rune said Wednesday he has been dealing with a back injury which is now ok.
“I was struggling with back injury for a while now,” Rune said. “I got it fixed. I played a lot of tournaments with a lot of pain in my back. But then I was like at the end, Okay, I got to stop and fix it, not come back to playing tournaments until I’m hundred percent. That’s also why I’m here. I’m ready to go and I’m excited for what’s to come.”
What’s to come in his Beijing debut is the Canadian in the first round.
“It’s going to be I think a great match,” Rune said. “He’s a tough player. He’s been doing really well, especially end of last year also. He’s been consistent for many years now, in the top, and he’s still super young.”
Rune is ranked No. 4 but 8th in the Race and will have a lot of work to do if he wants to get back to Turin.
“Definitely one of the goal is to be able to get into Turin, the Finals, at the end of the year. And yes, I mean, I have Paris to defend, but I’m most of all looking forward to come back because I have very good memories from last year. I played definitely my best tennis there.
“But yeah, again, I have good opportunities here in Beijing and Shanghai next week to do good so I can kind of relax a bit more – not relax, but not be like fully stressed for those tournaments, for points and stuff like this.”
Rune and Auger-Aliassime split two indoor meetings last year.
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