Boris Becker returns to Tennis as coach for Danish rising star Holger Rune

Former tennis legend Boris Becker will coach world number six Holger Rune, with the collaboration set to continue at least until the end of the year.

Former German tennis icon, Boris Becker, is making a comeback to the sport as he announced his coaching role with Danish tennis sensation Holger Rune, currently ranked sixth in the world.

“We have been in contact for some time. I like his emotional approach on the court, as it’s similar to how I used to be,” Becker stated.

The collaboration is expected to last until at least the end of the year, covering the ATP tournaments in Basle, Paris, and Turin, as reported by Xinhua.

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Becker, a six-time Grand Slam winner, said, “After that, we will sit down and discuss our future plans.”

Despite some setbacks and struggles in his post-athletic career, Boris Becker remains an unforgettable and iconic figure in German and international tennis. In 1985, at the age of 17, he became the youngest unseeded player to win a Grand Slam, a feat that still stands.

Becker is also the only male German tennis player to have achieved the world number one ranking, competing against legendary players such as Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, and John McEnroe. Together with female tennis star Steffi Graf, he sparked a surge in tennis interest across Germany, inspiring millions to join tennis clubs and take up the sport.

Becker earned the nickname “Bum-Bum-Boris” due to his powerful and rocket-like serve. Throughout his career, he experienced both ups and downs, including financial difficulties, which eventually led to a prison sentence in the UK for insolvency offenses.

Despite these troubles, Becker’s status as a national hero remained intact, with his story touching the hearts of many. Even on the international stage, Becker’s return to tennis as a coach has garnered significant attention.

Rune’s team invited Becker for a week of training in Monte Carlo, and their partnership seems to be off to a promising start.

The task of helping Rune emerge from a recent performance slump, during which he lost 10 of his last 11 matches, is one that Becker relishes. “I’m proud that he asked me,” Becker remarked, with an eye on the 2023 ATP Finals as a shared goal.

Leveraging his extensive experience, Becker previously served as the coach of Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic for three years. During their partnership, they clinched six Grand Slam titles and 25 tournament victories.

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