Coach Patrick Mouratoglou on Holger Rune could become number 1: Why not?


Coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes Holger Rune could reach the world No. 1 ranking in 2023. The 19-year-old Rune captured his first Masters title after defeating Novak Djokovic in the Paris final. After his win in Paris, Rune broke into the top 10 for the first time in his career by reaching his career-high ranking of number 10 in the world.

This offseason, Rune underlined that his two main goals in 2023 are to win a Grand Slam and become world number 1. Mouratoglou, who worked with Rune during the indoor season, feels that Rune is 100% serious about his claims and will do everything possible to achieve those goals in 2023.

Mouratoglou on Rune coming in at number 1: Why not?

«World No. 1 next year, is that realistic? Why not? When you can do what he did, anything is possible. Now, it’s going to require him to be able to perform like he did at Bercy.» [at the Paris Masters]all year, and especially in the Grand Slams and Masters 1000, where it counts the most.

So it’s not going to be easy, obviously, but if it was easy to be the best in the world, we’d know that already. Is that realistic? It’s not unrealistic. It will be extremely difficult, but not unrealistic.»

Mouratoglou told Eurosport’s Arnold Montgault. If Rune wants to replace Carlos Alcaraz as the world number 1, Mouratoglou says the Dane will have to consistently perform well at Grand Slam and Masters level. «The steps are simple when you want to become number 1 in the world.

You are going to have to shine in the Masters 1000. You have to win at least three and you have to win at least one Grand Slam if you want to be. But we are trying not to look too far because it is good to stay in the short term,» explained Mouratoglou. Rune finished the 2022 season ranked No. 11 in the world.

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