American tennis legend Jimmy Connors is looking forward to seeing how the Holger Rune and Boris Becker pairing will work. Rune, ranked at No 7 in the world, recently announced Becker as his new coach and the two will work until at least the end of the 2023 season, Connors, a former eight-time Grand Slam champion, is most interested in seeing how 20-year-old Rune and his personality will mesh with an old-school guy like Becker.
"It’s going to be interesting for me to see if Holger Rune keeps looking up to him after every point. I don’t know if Boris will go for that. Boris is kind of old school you know, and when he was playing and Tiriac was in his corner and he went through all that when he was young, he tended to his business on the court.
He wasn’t looking up every minute to his box, looking for instructions. He knew what he had to do. So, it’s going to be interesting. I would be looking at that, that’s going to be important. That match right there is going to make me watch a little more tennis," Connors said on the Advantage Connors podcast.
Rune hired Becker after a series of poor results
After losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinal to Carlos Alcaraz, Rune suffered six consecutive defeats in the next two months. Following a shock US Open first-round exit, Rune split with coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
But even after a split with Mouratoglou, Rune's poor results continued during the Asian swing. Then in mid-October, Rune was spotted practicing with Becker in Monaco. After a week of practicing together, Rune confirmed what many had suspected - Becker was his new coach.
Becker is one of the best players in tennis history and he enjoyed great success while coaching Novak Djokovic in the past. In their first tournament together, Rune made the Basel semifinal last week. This week, Rune is defending his title at the Paris Masters.