Boris Becker banned from Wimbledon despite big coaching return with Holger Rune

Ewan West
Boris Becker
Boris Becker

Tennis legend Boris Becker remains banned from Wimbledon despite making a high-profile return to coaching with ATP star Holger Rune. 

The six-time Grand Slam winner is unable to visit the All England Club as he is currently barred from entering the UK under the terms of his release from jail.

Becker was jailed for two-and-a-half years in April 2022 for being found guilty of hiding £2.5million in assets and loans to avoid paying debts and declaring himself bankrupt.

The 55-year-old served eight months of his sentence and was deported to Germany after being granted an early release from prison in December last year. He is not currently able to return to Great Britain under the terms of his early release.

The three-time Wimbledon champion revealed on Thursday that he was the new coach of world No 6 Rune, having spent last week training with the 20-year-old Dane.

Becker coached tennis great Novak Djokovic between 2014 and 2016 – during which time the Serb won six Grand Slam titles and 14 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments.

“I can confirm that I am Holger Rune’s coach. It makes me a little proud that he asked me. The contact has existed for a long time. Now it was a very good fit,” Becker exclusively told Eurosport Germany’s podcast.

“It makes me a little proud that he asked me. The contact has existed for a long time. Now it was a very good fit. My calendar allows it and I have always been interested in Holger because he is on the tennis court with so much commitment and temperament. Holger then invited me to a training week in Monte Carlo.

“I also had a long chat there with his mother Aneke and his performance coach Lapo Becherini. The three of us are responsible for Holger from now on. Unfortunately, I can’t be at the tournament in Stockholm this week because of previously arranged appointments.

“But I will be there in Basel at the latest, and afterwards, I will play Paris-Bercy with Holger – and hopefully help him to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. That is the big goal and that is the task.”

In an interview with TV2 Sport, Rune addressed his week training with Becker and the value the former world No 1 brings.

“It was a really good week of training. I have known Boris for a long time. He follows tennis a lot in general and he has written to me a few times. Also when I was a little younger, he gave me some tips and tricks. There he showed that he supports me,” said the Dane.

“You can feel it. That’s really a big difference. He can feel what I’m feeling. He can’t just say what he thinks I’m feeling, but he can feel it because he’s been in those situations himself. So it’s a different sensation and feeling. It is definitely a good thing to have someone who has tried it himself.”

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