Rune accepted a wild card to play at this ATP 250 event. He is the top seed and is playing in Montpellier for the second year in a row. The decision to return was fuelled by his meek early exit at the 2024 Australian Open.
The Dane crashed out from the year's first Grand Slam in the second round at the hands of French young gun Arthur Cazaux, who tallied 50 winners to stun him. Rune then had to make the surprise decision to end his association with Swiss coach Severin Luthi after just 41 days.
But he has returned to winning ways in Montpellier, beating Pablo Llamas Ruiz in the round of 16 in straight sets. Rune took 87 minutes to get the job done, tallying six aces and winning 74% first-serve points. He also converted four of 13 break points in a dominant performance.
It was a monumental 100th match win on the ATP Tour for him, joining a gaudy list of legends such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray in winning a century of matches before their 21st birthday (since the year 2000).
However, after the match, the major talking point was fixated on Rune's hairstyle. Although the 20-year-old plays with an ever-attached backward cap, he frequently takes it off at the changeover to get some air in the hair. In the past, he admitted that playing indoors is hotter.
However, several fans had to rub their eyes in amusement at seeing Rune's ostentatious haircut and shared their reactions on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter). One hilarious comment read, "I would default him just for that hair."
"Holger Mohawk was not on my 2024 bingo card," one fan wrote. And another questioned the barber's motives saying, "His barber better serve time for this." One fan could not believe it, "Help me, what is this haircut?"