John McEnroe: "Holger Rune is building this reputation"
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Holger Rune was the subject of boos from the crowd at both the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters and the Mutua Madrid Open. In the Principality, on the occasion of the match with Jannik Sinner, in the Spanish capital, with one of the home players, Davidovich Fokina.
Pummeled for crossing out a ball mark, which his opponent was arguing with the chair umpire over an overrule, he was then tagged by the Spanish crowd.
"He's getting quite a reputation," this expression used one who has lived in clashes with the crowd, John McEnroe.
"I said it before, I'll say it again, it's hard being a total asshole and being on the tennis tour, okay? It's possible to do that, but you end up living a very lonely existence," the former US tennis player said on the Holding Court podcast with Patrick McEnroe, as reported by Eurosport UK.
"He likes to tease him, he likes to get the crowd involved, but he does it in a way that sometimes irritates his opponents. Of course, he irritates the crowd. So what's happening is he's developing a reputation," added the former world number one.
The possibilities of Runes
It's not just about behavior. Relationship with the crowd aside, John McEnroe has singled out Holger Rune as one of the players to fear for this year's Roland Garros. "I think Rune will come through.
I think he's a threat to do some serious damage at the French Open this year. The guy is an amazing talent, he brings a lot of energy to the court. I think he's capable of winning the Majors . This year, probably not. For me he still has too many ups and downs over the course of matches but we have seen him play fantastic and big matches”.
On clay, Rune still has two chances to impress McEnroe: first the Italian Internationals, then the French Open, in both cases falling among the top ten seeds of the tournaments.