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The world of tennis is facing a real mystery: the surprising separation of the promising young man Holger Rune and the former champion Boris Becker after just three months of collaboration. The news surprised industry insiders and fans, especially for the reason mentioned by Becker: a matter of time. The partnership, which began with high ambitions and an eye on last year's ATP Finals, ended unexpectedly with an announcement from the German coach on social media.
With a message of sincere regret and affection towards his former student, Becker suggested that the commitment required to bring Rune to the expected level was beyond his current capabilities. Words that reveal an intense journey together, which had to be interrupted due to responsibilities that the coach cannot escape.
Rune's journey on the circuit has been a series of high-profile but short-lived collaborations. First Patrick Mouratoglou and then Severin Lüthi accompanied the Dane for part of his journey, but without managing to convey the continuity necessary for a top athlete. And so, in less than a year, Rune is once again in search of a mentor, a tennis coach who can nurture his undeniable talent and guide him to the success many predict for him.
2024 promises to be a crucial year for Rune, who is currently recovering from an arm injury that forced him to withdraw in the semi-finals of the ATP tournament in Montpellier. Temporarily taking on the role of trainer, Kenneth Carlsen must now navigate turbulent waters and attempt to steady Rune's ship for the challenges ahead.
The question on everyone's mind is: What's happening on the Rune team? The continuous rotation of high-quality trainers highlights an underlying discomfort or difficulty that needs to be explored and resolved. Rune's talent is unquestionable, but the cohesion and stability of his team appears to be the missing piece to complete the puzzle of a career that will hopefully be full of success. In tennis, as in life, time is of the essence and for Holger Rune it is now time to find the right key.
The Danish tennis player commented on the matter in a press release published by IMG. “As you know, I have been experimenting with different training setups over the last 12 months. After working with the same coach for 15 years, my entire tennis life, it's not easy to find the perfect combination on the first try,” reflected Rune.
“This path has been very enriching for me and I have discovered what is important for me to feel good and at the same time develop my game the way I want.” I have big ambitions and high goals, and for that I need people around around me who share my vision and who I can rely on to achieve my goals. I need people who know me well and can constantly be there for me. This gives me security and joy in a world where environments and conditions change every week. I want to thank everyone who was involved in this process, Lars, Boris, Severin, I love you,” he added, before revealing that he would soon announce the members of his new team.
Francesco Paolo Villarico