Novak Djokovic’s US Open opponent goes viral after bringing an IKEA backpack onto the court.
In his courageous loss to Djokovic at the US Open, Holger Rune excelled, but it was the IKEA bag he took to center court that was the talk of social media.
Holger Rune drew the attention of the tennis world with a spirited performance during his first-round loss to Novak Djokovic at the US Open, but it was an accessory he brought to the court with him that caused the most buzz on social media. Instead of the typical branded sports bags that players often use, the young Dane carried a plain blue IKEA shopping bag.
The 18-year-old made an impression in his Grand Slam debut, taking world number one Novak Djokovic to four sets at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but succumbed to cramps as a result of the game’s ferocity.
But that was before he sparked outrage on Twitter by walking into tennis’ grandest arena with a fresh face and an IKEA suitcase full of his gear.
One commenter joked, “If Rune doesn’t get an IKEA sponsorship after this, we’ll bike at dawn.”
“Holger Rune going onto the court with an IKEA shopping bag is the most New York thing that has ever happened at the US Open,” observed another.
“How many meatballs do you suppose he has in that IKEA bag?” a third inquired.
Even former world number one Kim Clijsters praised Rune for “rocking the IKEA backpack on center court” in a tweet.
“I believe it’s a good bag,” the Dane stated after the game. I can have all of my drinks, as well as bananas, there. Going to court is exactly right for me.”
After Djokovic took a one-set lead with a 6-1 victory in the opening, Rune fought back by winning the first three games of the second set and rebounding brilliantly from a set down to win the tie-break and tie the match.
His efforts were too much for him, and he was soundly defeated as he cramped up during the rest of the game, but he did enough to impress his highly experienced opponent.
“We simply had a brief conversation in the locker room,” Djokovic said after the match. For him, it’s an emotional time. That isn’t easy to see. He’s in a bad mood. That is something I am aware of. That’s something I’ve experienced.
Brinkwire Summary News: “I simply told him that.”