Holger Rune’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou just lately threw gentle on how younger gamers can profit tremendously by not simply taking part in matches in opposition to high gamers, but in addition by attending to apply with them at times. He revealed that teenage tennis sensation Rune was as soon as a hitting associate for the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev at Mouratoglou’s academy round 4-5 years in the past.
The 19-year-old, who gained his maiden Masters 1000 title on the Paris Masters and likewise broke into the top-10 of the ATP rankings, was additionally a hitting associate on the ATP Finals a couple of years in the past. Within the 2022 ATP Finals, the World No. 11 was an alternate. Whereas he didn’t get to play within the event, he performed in apply classes with high gamers as a hitting associate as soon as once more.
Mouratoglou just lately joined the ATP Tennis Radio Podcast to discuss Rune’s rise to the highest. Taking his expertise of him for example, the Frenchman harassed that gamers at a junior degree can be taught a lot from working towards with the very best. He believes it “feeds their urge for food” and provides them nice motivation to emulate the highest gamers.
“The expertise of Holger being a hitting associate on the ATP Finals was unimaginable. I do know he nonetheless thinks about how necessary it was for him having the ability to play with the very best on the planet,” Mouratoglou stated.
“Identical additionally at my academy, when he was 14-15, he was hitting with Stefanos, with Daniil Medvedev, guys like that. For a junior, and at 15 you might be very very junior, it is an unimaginable expertise. Additionally, it feeds your urge for food, you see them, you need to be them in the future. To have the ability to hit with them in the future, you are feeling you are getting nearer to your dream and it brings further motivation, so it is solely positives. When you find yourself fortunate sufficient to have this opportunity, it is nice,” he added.
Mouratoglou, who additionally coaches Simona Halep, additionally expressed why a participant like Holger Rune must play usually in opposition to high gamers like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Daniil Medvedev, amongst others. He believes that even when Rune and different children lose in opposition to top-ranked gamers, they be taught extra about their weaknesses.
“I imagine it is extremely necessary for gamers to have the ability to play with the very best for a lot of causes. An apparent motive is the standard of tennis they get and you recognize the extra you are challenged, the extra you’ll be able to enhance. Additionally , it offers you a lot details about your self, as a result of the very best on the planet exhibits you the place you might be weak, the place you must enhance,” the Frenchman said.
“He performed units with Novak, with Daniil, it is superb” – Patrick Mouratoglou on Holger Rune’s expertise at 2022 ATP Finals