Tennis legend Boris Becker has announced that he is ending his coaching relationship with upcoming Danish star, Holger Rune. The partnership, which lasted less than six months, was announced to have ended on social media on Tuesday. Becker stated, “I would like to inform you that I will be stepping down as Holger Rune’s head coach with immediate effect.”
Becker went on to explain that he could not continue to work with Rune, who is currently ranked seventh in the world, due to time constraints. He added, “Due to professional and private reasons, I cannot give Holger what he needs at the moment,” a statement from the three-time Wimbledon winner.
Back in October of last year, Becker had taken over as Rune’s coach. He successfully guided the 20-year-old to the ATP finals in Turin. However, at the start of this year’s Australian Open, the 56-year-old Becker was absent due to his role as a TV expert with Eurosport. During this time, Rune was coached by Roger Federer’s long-time coach Severin Lüthi, although Rune has since parted ways with him.
Prior to his brief stint with Rune, Becker achieved significant success coaching Novak Djokovic from 2013 to 2016. Following this, he worked with the German Tennis Association.