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Holger Rune eager for Olympics opportunity with returning Caroline Wozniacki
Rune has long idolized his fellow Dane, who announced she would return to tennis later this summer with an eye towards the Paris Summer Games in 2024.
Published Jul 08, 2023
WATCH: Rune visited the Tennis Channel Live Desk after his opening-round win at Wimbledon.
When Holger Rune met Caroline Wozniacki at Roland Garros last month, he couldn’t help but wonder if one of his idols was preparing for more than just a week of Legends Doubles.
“She looked in very, very good shape,” he told the Tennis Channel Live Desk earlier this week. “I don’t know, I was thinking and I actually told my mom, ‘Is she just in that good shape or is she thinking of something?’”
That something turned out to be a full-scale comeback to tennis, which the former No. 1 announced shortly after Roland Garros.
“I’m coming back to something I love,” the mom of two wrote in a stirring editorial for Vogue Magazine. “Yes, I’ll be nervous before a match; I’m okay with that. I’m great with that.”
Accepting wild cards in Canada and Cincinnati before she makes her Grand Slam return at the US Open, the Dane has also expressed an interest in partnering Rune at the Summer Olympic Games in Paris next year.
“Winning an Olympic medal would be the cherry on the cake for me,” she told ESPN earlier this week, suggesting she and Rune might team up in mixed doubles.
“I was so happy when she said that,” Rune responded on Tennis Channel.
Rune has long idolized his fellow Dane, who became the first from their country to win a Grand Slam singles title at the 2018 Australian Open.
“She was an unbelievable fighter on the court and I think we could learn a lot from her,” Rune told the ATP back in 2021.
“I still remember once when she won Australian Open, my whole family was watching,” he added this week after becoming the first Danish man to reach the third round of Wimbledon since Kenneth Carlson in 2004. “It was unbelievable, very emotional.”
Might we see Rune and Wozniacki pair up for a practice run at the US Open?