World No 6 Holger Rune says it is ridiculous that there are people sending him death threats just because he is a tennis player and sometimes loses a match. Rune, 20, has quickly established himself as one of the best players in the game.
But unfortunately, like many other players, Rune also experienced how it feels to receive death threats and verbal abuse after losses. Personally, Rune has a hard time understanding what kind of people can wish death upon someone just because of a lost tennis match.
“I’ve received death threats. It’s just too much. Why would you ever write something to a person like that? It’s just ridiculous. It would never happen that somebody goes up to my face and [says] something like this,” Rune told The Times.
Rune hopes to have a big rivalry with Carlos Alcaraz
When Wimbledon released its poster for the 2023 tournament edition, one of the things that drew attention was Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner being featured in the part that highlights rivalries among young stars.
Rune, who has a Masters title and broke into the top-10 for the first time in late 2022, didn’t want to comment too much on the poster. But Rune noted that being a great player and having great rivalries with players like Alcaraz is definitely something he is aiming for.
“I saw this poster and I don’t have much to say about it. If you talk about rivalries, Alcaraz and I have played plenty more times [including matches at junior tournaments] than Sinner and Alcaraz. We have already played each other twice on the tour.
It is always good matches with him, really challenging and we can bring the best out of each other. For sure we can have a great rivalry,” Rune said.Meanwhile, Rune starts his Wimbledon campaign by playing British wildcard George Loffhagen.