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Holger Rune hits out at ATP Tour for ‘crucial mistakes’ made in Monte Carlo defeat

Holger Rune has slammed the ATP Tour after his quarter-final exit from the Monte Carlo Masters, hitting out at scheduling and umpiring at the tournament.

Rune was beaten by Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner, 4-6 8-6(6) 3-6, in a rematch from the tournament last year that the Dane was on the winning end of.

Despite it being a closely contested match, the main talking point arose when Rune received a time violation at 5-5 in the second set.

This lead to the crowd booing the 2023 finalist, to which he then responded with a hand gesture seemingly telling them to be quiet.

However, chair umpire Damien Dumusois did not seem impressed by Rune’s retaliation and subsequently handed him a code violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Rune responded to this by requesting for the supervisor, Cedric Mourier, telling him, “I didn’t say the bad word so I don’t understand why he gives me the warning. I understand why he gives me the time violation, I deserved that, but I don’t deserve an unsportsmanlike conduct and have to pay a fine for not even being rude. Of course it’s telling them to be quiet but it’s not a bad word to say quiet.”

After the match, Rune took to social media to congratulate Sinner for the victory, but has since followed up with another post criticising the ATP.

“Meaning what @atptour…..? Not that you gave me the best conditions in the first place having to play 2 matches the day before ending late, leaving almost no recovery time,” claimed the 20-year-old. “Chair Umpire making crucial mistakes and giving wrong warning that disturbed the game. May the force be with you. Jesus Christ.”

Rune is now set to head to Munich for the ATP 250 event, where he is a two-time defending champion.

Inside the baseline…

Holger Rune certainly never disappoints when it comes to voicing his opinion, and this is no different. In terms of the umpiring situation, he might actually have a point and it would probably have been a more sensible decision for the umpire to let things go. That being said, perhaps Rune’s previous reputation may have planted seeds in the umpire’s head which lead to him quickly trying to intervene.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.