Holger Rune splits with former Roger Federer coach as reason is revealed

Holger Rune has added Severin Luthi to his coaching team

Holger Rune has parted ways with Roger Federer’s former coach Severin Luthi after less than two months, the Dane’s mother Aneke has confirmed. 

Aneke Rune explained that Luthi’s availability to travel to tournaments with her son was the issue and that “the timing with Severin was clearly not right.”

Rune announced in December that Luthi would be part of his team for the 2024 season, alongside tennis legend Boris Becker who had joined in October.

The 48-year-old Swiss coach was with Rune at the 2024 Australian Open this month, where he was upset by French wildcard Arthur Cazaux in the second round.

Luthi coached 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer from 2007 until his retirement in 2022 and was also captain of Switzerland’s 2014 Davis Cup winning team.

In an interview with Danish publication Ekstra Bladet, Aneke Rune revealed that Luthi would no longer be working with the world No 7.

“I just want to inform you that from now on Holger will only have Boris and Kenneth in his coaching staff,” Rune’s mother explained.

“Don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but the timing with Severin was clearly not right. It would be too few weeks for Severin to be able to cover for the continuity that Holger needs.”

Aneke Rune also divulged that Danish coach and former ATP player Kenneth Carlsen would now take on a more central role in the coaching team.

“With the constellation Boris and Kenneth, Holger gets the flow he wants for his development and stability,” she continued.

“Boris and Kenneth have been in contact since pre-season, when Kenneth was already considered for the coaching team. And from now on, the majority of all the big tournaments will be with both coaches, it goes on.

“For Holger, it is absolutely right to expand the planned collaboration with Kenneth, with whom he also trained for several periods during his junior years.”

At the Australian Open, Rune spoke highly of Luthi and seemed excited by the prospect of what the Swiss would bring to his team.

“Roger was my childhood idol. It’s great to have something from him in my box,” the 20-year-old said.

“Great energy, great advice, talking from a lot of experience for sure. It’s cool to have him around, with Boris as well. It’s really cool to have stability around me and people that I believe in so that means a lot.”

Six-time Grand Slam champion Becker did not travel with Rune for the Australian Open and instead worked for Eurosport in Germany as an analyst during the event.

Top seed Rune will face qualifier Pablo Llamas Ruiz in his first match at the ATP 250 event in Montpellier on Thursday as he looks to bounce back from his Australian Open disappointment.

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