Holger Rune’s ability to play at his peak level diminished after making it to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros for the first time in his career. He lost five matches in a row in the first round.
Numerous people have criticized the young Danish star for his actions before, during, and following the match against Casper Ruud that was played in Paris. Throughout the contest, the two clashed often. When their argument was over, Rune shook hands with his adversary extremely icily without looking him in the eye.
At the news conference, the Dane then escalated the tension by criticizing Ruud. “He behaved badly during the game by speaking to me multiple times. We were playing a game of tennis, so I asked him to refrain from talking to me.
I resisted giving him a hug. While his team was quite cordial, he yelled at me in the locker room.”
Rune exclaimed, “I love tennis.”
Rune complained on social media months after the incident as a result of the encounter and the critical remarks that followed.
“I’ve learnt a lot in the previous three months, especially off the field. Now that I know how things operate, I can see how the media may misread, distort, and exploit information to their worst advantage. Having said that, there are some things I would change if I could go back in time, but we are unable to alter the past.
Only the lesson may be understood. I’ll make an effort to run the media industry as efficiently as I can. I chose tennis just because I love to play, not because I wanted celebrity or media attention. The conditions that occurred hindered the excitement of competing.
I am now at peace. I understood that nobody would be able to put an end to my love of tennis. I adore tennis. I have read all of your notes, and I sincerely appreciate you. The best fans ever are you.”