Holger Rune already has an expiration date on his top 10 debut in an ironic twist | Tennis | Sport

Holger Rune made his top 10 debut on Monday following his impressive run to the title at the Paris Masters. The 19-year-old became the first man on record to defeat five of the top 10 players en route to a title outside of the ATP Finals in the top eight and has now joined the elite group of the rankings, but he’s not ready to stay. the top for a long time

Rune capped off the best week of his young career by breaking into the top 10 after winning the biggest title of his young career at the Paris Masters. The three-time title winner stunned reigning champion Novak Djokovic in the final, coming from a set down and a break in the final set to win 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

It allowed the Dane to make his top 10 debut at No. 10 in the world, having started the season ranked outside the top 100 in the world. Along with his partner of 19 years and current World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, the pair are now the first two teenagers to crack the top 10 at the same time in 15 years, with Djokovic and Andy Murray the last to do so in 2007.

But Rune already looks set to drop out of the top 10 soon in an ironic twist as he will drop points from a Challenger tournament he played last year, with his ranking now well beyond the point for him to play the lower level tournaments, which it means that you will not be able to compete and defend your points.

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The first starting substitute, Taylor Fritz, was already drafted after World No. 1 Alcaraz was forced to end his season after tearing his abdomen at the Paris Masters during his quarter-final match against Rune. The US Open winner withdrew the match with Rune leading 6-3, 6-6 and announced the next day that he would be out for six weeks, preventing him from playing in the ATP and Davis Cup finals.

But even if Rune reaches the ATP Finals with another player withdrawn, he won’t earn any points unless he wins a match, with each round-robin victory awarding an additional 150 ranking points. “I wish all the players that I am not going to play, because I wish them to be healthy, but at the same time it would be great if I could play,” he said after becoming the first substitute.

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