Holger Vitus Nødskov Rune over the last couple of months has rubbed shoulders with the best.
Shortly after turning 16 in April of this year the Dane won his first junior Grand Slam title at Roland Garros. Rune defeated Kodat 6-3 6-7 6-0 in the final at the French capital.
Later on in the year the teenager played in his first ATP Challenger event becoming the 6th youngest player in the 21st century to win a match in an event.
Holger is the world number one on the Junior Circuit and in November of this year had a very big week in London.
The Dane was invited down as a hitting partner for the top players and came away from the event with an incredible experience of practicing with Federer, Djokovic, Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Monfils and Zverev during his week in London.
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Unbelievable week in London💪🏽🔥 I am filled with humbleness and fascination. Thank you @atptour for giving me the opportunity to practice with the absolute best tennis players in the world🌟It has been so real❤️This is where I want to be #nittoatpfinals #atp #nikecourt #babolat #mouratogloutennisacademy #london #forreal
Easy to forget that a few years ago Stefanos Tsitsipas was that hitting partner for the top players in London and this year won the title following his NextGen win last year.
Tsitsipas and Rune do have something in common, they both train with Patrick Mouratoglou at his academy.
Rune is the latest top youngster to be at the Frenchman’s camp which includes Coco Gauff and Jason Tseng.
This last week content has appeared on social media of Serena Williams’ 2020 preparations beginning with Patrick alongside some hitting with Holger Rune as well.
It is understood that Holger will be part of the pre-season training camp for Serena which is a great experience for him going into the New Year.
Holger’s game is around his forehand and his stance on the baseline does remind me of someone like Del Potro, the way he hits that inside-out forehand and flatness of the backhand makes him dangerous on both wings.
It will be interesting to see what happens over the course of 2020, he is only 16 after all but I would expect him to play more challenger events and maybe some wildcards for ATP events.