Boris Becker has declared his comeback to the world of tennis as the coach for Holger Rune, currently ranked 6th in men’s singles. The two recently trained together in Monte Carlo and Becker, who previously coached Novak Djokovic from 2013 to 2016, is now officially part of Rune’s team until the season’s conclusion.
This is Becker’s first prominent position since being released from a British prison in December of last year. He spent eight months in jail out of a 30-month sentence for concealing his financial assets and debts.
“I am honored to confirm that I am Holger Rune’s coach,” said Becker in an interview with Eurosport Germany’s podcast. “We have been in contact for some time now and it’s a perfect fit. My schedule allows for it and I have always been intrigued by Holger’s dedication and passion on the tennis court.”
Rune, a 20-year-old from Denmark who was previously employed by Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ former coach, is a rising star in the world of tennis. However, he has faced difficulties since making it to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, only managing to win one out of his last nine matches. Becker will be teaming up with Rune for the upcoming tournament in Basel, with their main objective being to secure his spot in the ATP Finals in Turin next month.
Becker stated, “Holger has great potential but needs some refinement.” He appreciates his passionate displays. As a coach, I have worked with players like Novak Djokovic, who also had moments of struggle on the court, but that is normal.
As to whether their partnership continues into next season, Becker – who is currently barred from entering the UK – said: “There’s no point in signing a two-year contract now when you’ve only been cooperating for a week. If you are successful, you usually stay together, no matter what the contract says. If not, everyone goes their own way again.”