Game Over: Boris Becker Departs from Holger Rune's Camp

Boris Becker left Rune, the news that surprised everyone, Becker completely off the cuff said that he was ending his cooperation with Rune and wrote an explanatory message

by Sededin Dedovic
Game Over: Boris Becker Departs from Holger Rune's Camp
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Legendary tennis player and coach of some of the best tennis players, Boris Becker announced that he is ending his cooperation with the Danish player Holger Rune. This was completely unexpected, apparently he doesn't have enough time to devote to training Rune, but it will be interesting to see if he will train another tennis player in the future.

The episode with Rune itself lasted a short time, it seems that Becker may have had enough of work after the "break". "I would like to inform you that I am stepping down as head coach of Holger Rune with immediate effect. We began our partnership with the initial goal of reaching the ATP Finals last year, but we subsequently realized that achieving success would require a level of commitment that I am unable to to provide.

Due to professional and personal obligations, I cannot offer Holger the support he currently needs. I wish him nothing but the best and will always be his greatest support. I sincerely respect the path we shared together, Boris Becker," said the German.

Holger Rune is currently ranked seventh in the world at the age of 20, and at the recent Australian Open he disappointed with a second round exit despite being the eighth seed, losing to French outsider Arthur Cazaux, who entered the tournament as a wildcard.

This probably influenced Boris Becker's decision to retire as coach. Becker and Rune have worked together since October 2023, marking the German tennis legend's return to the sport after serving time in prison in the United Kingdom.

Becker insisted that Rune play without a hat or jewelry, believing it would eliminate distractions during matches, a strategy that served him well during his illustrious playing career. Rune followed these instructions and in their first tournament together in Basel, they reached the semi-finals.

However, their partnership proved short-lived. Recall that Becker declared bankruptcy in 2017, and in April 2022 he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for concealing assets. He was released on December 15, 2022, after serving eight months of his sentence and being deported to Germany.

This had a significant impact on his personality and behavior after his release from prison. This now leaves Rune in a position to look for a new coach as he navigates the challenges ahead as the season has only just begun.

After the shocking elimination from the Australian Open, now parting ways with the coach, we will see how it will affect the young Dane.

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