Holger Rune in rarely-seen umpire incident as crowd boos get to Dane

Holger Rune had a rarely-seen exchange with Carlos Bernardes during his Madrid Open defeat as the umpire advised him about his behaviour. The world No 7 was booed by the crowd after a dispute about a ball mark and the chair official explained how the crowd couldn’t be “controlled” if Rune exhibited certain conduct. The Dane went on to lose the match in three sets.

Rune found himself on the receiving end of jeers yet again in a spicy clash with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in Madrid. It came just weeks after the 20-year-old shushed the hostile crowd during his Monte Carlo Masters semi-final, where Bernardes was also officiating.

Early in the first set, the Spaniard questioned a call when he believed a ball mark showed one of Rune’s serves as out when the FoxTenn electronic challenge system showed it being in. While Davidovich Fokina was discussing the call with the supervisor, Rune could be seen going up to it and inspecting it.

It has been debated whether the Dane rubbed out the mark in question, as Bernardes later told him that’s what the crowd thought he did – something Rune accepted. The spectators became hostile afterwards, jeering the sixth seed and cheering his mistakes.

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With the booing getting to him, Rune appeared to ask Bernardes to control the crown but received some advice instead. “I’m going to tell you one thing and that’s it for the whole match,” the umpire said.

“I told you once in Monte Carlo but that was fine. There are crowds that you cannot control if you do things like that,” he continued, as Rune responded: “But I didn’t do anything today.” Bernardes tried to explain, adding: “For them, what you did, because he was complaining,” but Rune cut him off and noted that his opponent tried to discuss the call “for ten minutes”.

But the umpire continued to try and get his point across, telling Rune: “They will be ever worse if you keep doing. If you just play tennis, they don’t do anything else.” The world No 7 noted that he hadn’t tried to complain but Bernardes said: “No, you don’t need to complain.

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“I’m just trying to help you to go through this because I have experience here, that you cannot play if they start to do it. For the, what you did was erasing the mark. But [there] was no reason for that, ok?”

After receiving some advice from the umpire in an unusual incident, Rune went on to lose the first set in a tiebreak. He rallied to win the second set 7-5 and force a decider but ultimately went down in another tiebreak with the home hope winning 7-6(1) 5-7 7-6(5).

Davidovich Fokina later said he thought the incident got the crowd on his side, addressing the incident after the match. “People have been annoyed and thanks to Rune’s gesture people have come more to me and I have noticed that. What I was saying to Bernardes is that if we could all see that the ball was bad, why couldn’t he go down to check it and correct it even though the machine said it was good,” the world No 35 said.

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