Boris Becker believes Holger Rune needs to ‘ENDURE and TOLERATE’ the German’s verbal barrage to improve his performances in 2024
Boris Becker aims to push Holger Rune with a straightforward approach to extract the best out of him in the upcoming season.
Boris Becker and Holger Rune ( Credits: The Times and Tennis 365)
The German tennis legend Boris Becker was recently roped in as the official coach of Holger Rune following a series of disappointing tournaments and frequent changes in his team and management. With that being said, it seems that the Danish has finally found himself in good hands.
The six-time Grand Slam champion has already laid out his plans for how he will go about coaching World No. 8. In a podcast with Eurosport Germany, he mentioned how he expects Holger Rune to be able to endure and tolerate the straightforward nature of the German in order to improve his performance for the upcoming 2024 season.
The former World No. 1 wants to be able to behave in an extremely frank manner with the Danish.
I have to have permission to tell him, 'You really played like shit today.' He must be able to endure and tolerate this, because it is the only way to progress( H/T: Boris Becker via Eurosport Germany’s podcast)
Boris Becker, who was also once the successful coach of the 24-time Grand Slam title champion, Novak Djokovic, has a good amount of experience in dealing with players and their mental and physical nature on and off the court as well.
He feels that he must be bold with his students in order to push them to do better. Being able to handle the bold and harsh words from his mouth will be something the German is expecting out of the Dane going forward as his coach for the upcoming season.
Talking about it further, Boris Becker added:
If I told him, after a losing match, that he was unlucky and that he was the best player, I would not be the right coach.
A look at Holger Rune’s 2023 campaign
The World No. 8 has had a disappointing season on Tour this year. Having started this year on a good note by reaching the finals of two ATP 1000 events in Monte Carlo and Rome, the Dane could not maintain his clay performance after a quarter-final defeat at this year’s Wimbledon.
A back injury troubled him, thereby contributing to his streak of losses, including a shocking first-round loss at the US Open.
However, things started to turn around for Holger Rune ever since Boris Becker joined his team as his coach. He reached the finals of the Basel Tournament in Switzerland.
However, he failed to defend his title at the Paris Masters this year, losing out to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Hopefully, under the guidance of the German legend, Rune can get back in shape and find his rhythm in the upcoming 2024 season.
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