“Couldn’t ask for a better birthday”: Holger Rune, now 19, reaches first ATP semifinalBy Apr 29, 2022
Sunday Slice: Serena debuts new team, Denis Shapovalov celebrates anniversary at WimbledonBy Jun 26, 2022
Unseeded & Looming: Seven Underdogs ready to bust their Wimbledon bracketBy Jun 24, 2022
50 years of Title IX: From Billie Jean King to Naomi Osaka, here's how the tennis world is celebratingBy Jun 23, 2022
#tbt: Novak Djokovic’s wild week in EastbourneBy Jun 23, 2022
Emma Raducanu taps into her love for motocross in new Nike videoBy Jun 21, 2022
Nadal competes in Balearic Golf Championships, before hitting Hurlingham exhibitionBy Jun 20, 2022
WATCH: Elena Vesnina takes daughter for first tennis lessonBy Jun 20, 2022
Riding the Post-Tennis Wave with Nicole GibbsBy Jun 20, 2022
Sunday Slice: Caroline Wozniacki “ready for round 2” after announcing pregnancyBy Jun 19, 2022
“Couldn’t ask for a better birthday”: Holger Rune, now 19, reaches first ATP semifinal
The Dane was presented a cake after picking apart Emil Ruusuvuori, 6-0, 6-2 in Munich.
Published Apr 29, 2022
Holger Rune, who turned 19 on Friday, made the most of his special day in a very sweet way. Looking completely relaxed in a light practice session before the match, the Dane blitzed Emil Ruusuvuori, 6-0, 6-2, in just 62 minutes—converting five breaks of serve.
“It was a very good match from the beginning today. I was staying very focused like I did in my last round,” said Rune, who gets local hopeful Oscar Otte Saturday with a final berth on the line.
“The tactic again worked out properly. I really enjoyed my time.”
After a short on-court interview, the world No. 70 was presented a cake by tournament director Patrik Kühnen, a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist. When asked if he ever celebrated in this way before, Rune said, “Not on a court like this, playing a match in front of so many people. It was just an amazing atmosphere.
“I really couldn’t ask for a better birthday.”
Mom Aneke then came out for a photo op before exiting with the yummy baked good as her son signed autographs for fans eager to spread the birthday love.
Guard it closely, Holger!