Holger Rune has accused Roger Federer of being “40 times worse” than he is during the early stages of his illustrious tennis career. The 19-year-old came under fire for his on-court antics during his French Open defeat to Casper Ruud at the start of the month.
Rune struggled to stay on top of his emotions during his quarter-final clash at Roland Garros as he repeatedly shouted at himself and the umpire and yelled at his mother to leave the arena. The Dane argued with the umpire right up until the very last point and barely acknowledged Ruud following the conclusion of the match as he gave his opponent a quick high five at the net.
And the drama apparently continued in the locker room as Rune later revealed that his adversary had shouted in his face.
The teenager has now defended his actions on Court Philippe-Chatrier, however, and insists he is nowhere near as bad as 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer was. “If you saw Roger Federer as a youngster, he was maybe 40 times worse than I was,” Rune said. “And he’s one of the most beloved tennis players on the tour – so I think I have plenty of time to get an even better image.