The ATP 250 in Umag had great participation last year with the likes of Jannick Sinner (the champion), Carlos Alcaraz, and Lorenzo Musetti. Unfortunately, none of them will participate in this competition this year.
In 2023, the top player would have been Holger Runner. However, the Danish player has been struggling for some days with illness and pain in his wrist and back. Curiously, Holger decided to play in the Hopman Cup in France with some depressing results because of his condition. Eventually, Holger decided not to play anymore in Umag to rest.
Holger Rune in 2023
Now the world no.6 (career-high), Holger played his last match on the 12th of July when he surrendered to world no.1 Carlos Alcaraz 7-6(3) 6-4 6-4 in the quarter in Wimbledon (draw).
This season Rune has managed to achieve a 37-13 record. Holger conquered 1 title in Munich. Rune got to the final in Monte-Carlo and Rome.
Rune is scheduled to compete next in Umag (Plava Laguna Croatia Open). He will start the tournament from the main draw that will commence on the 24th of July.
Holger Rune is one of the players to watch in Wimbledon. The Danish sensation is on the collision path with Carlos Alcaraz. However, it seems that the youngster before has to deal with something tricky: a back injury.
As reported by the Danish outlet Jyllands-Posten, Holger had to interrupt his training after only 20 minutes due to back pain. According to the website he had some treatment. There is still no official communication from Holger’s camp. Rune is expected to face the wild card and world no. 367 George Loffhagen in the first round.