Holger Rune was on a 4-match winning streak before his opening match at the Cincinnati Masters as he retired with an apparent back injury.
It hasn’t been going well for Holger Rune recently, as the Danish player is now dealing with an injury scare on top of bad form. He was playing well at Wimbledon, but things have gone really downhill since then. It started at the Hopman Cup where he lost both of his matches revealing after the event that he played it while being sick.
He didn’t play at the Umag Open, withdrawing because of the same thing, which meant that his Toronto Open match was his first since the Hopman Cup. It wasn’t a very good one as the Danish player was upset by Marcos Giron in two sets leaving him very disappointed.
He was on his way to get upset by an American once more as Mackenzie McDonald took the opening set 6-4. Rune was pretty okay in the first set but struggled a lot with his serve. It’s not totally foreign to him, even though he generally serves well.
We quickly found out why he struggled with his serve as he called a medical timeout for his back. Rune had injury scares this year, dealing with back issues in the past and wrist issues during the clay season. He never really took much time off to deal with them, so this might be a minor problem.
Even so, it’s not an ideal timing with the US Open so close. The end result of the match was Rune retiring down 4-6 0-2 when it became apparent that he would not be able to challenge McDonald seriously. Minimizing any further damage to his back was a priority for the world number 5.
We’ll see what kind of update he provides in the coming hours/days.