The 20-year old Danish athlete experienced challenging months since the Wimbledon quarterfinals (losing to Carlos Alcaraz) and ended up losing in 10 of the next 11 matches he played. Rune had been in partnership with Patrick Mouratoglou since October 2022, helping him secure his first Masters 1000 title in Paris-Bercy. However, the inconsistency in the latter part of the year led to their separation, prompting Rune to seek the guidance of the 6-time Grand Slam champion, Boris Becker.
Recently, on the Advantage Connors podcast, where former world No. 1 Jimmy Connors and his son Brett discuss current tennis affairs, they shared their opinions on Rune's transition from working with Mouratoglou to Becker.
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"He [Becker] knows what it's like to be there, when Patrick told Rune, 'Blah blah blah blah blah', and then it didn't work, Rune is looking at him like, 'How do you know, you've never been in these situations. You definitely were not a Grand Slam contender?” Brett Connors said.
"Boris broke on the scene at, you know, 16, 17 years old. So he will be able to give him some insight on, 'Hey, I know what it's like to be a young guy, and have all that success and pressure come on you at such a young age," he added.
On the other hand, Holger Rune's mother and representative spoke earlier this month about the 20-year-old tennis player. She asserted that they are pleased with the partnership and the work they have done with Becker.
“We look forward to continuing the good work in the preseason and 2024 with our team, with whom we will also end the year,” Aneke told Denmark’s TV2 Sport.