The conflict between Holger Rune and Stan Wawrinka escalates. The first clash between tennis players took place a few months ago in Paris. Now they met at Indian Wells and confronted again at the net. What happened?
Holger Rune is currently ranked eighth. Rune is known for his strong character. Similarly temperamental is Stan Wawrinka, 100th in the ranking, a three-time grand slam champion (Australian Open 2014, Roland Garros 2015, US Open 2016). Rune and Wawrinka just met in the third round of Indian Wells. Surprisingly, Wawrinka defeated Rune 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5. There was a verbal altercation between the tennis players after the match. It was a continuation of their first post-match clash in Paris in 2022.
Rune and Wawrinka had their first verbal altercation at a tournament in Paris last November. Enraged by his defeat, Wawrinka stopped Rune in a post-match handshake and said this: “My advice to you is that you stop acting like a baby on court, ok?”. It was supposed to be an expression of his opinion on the behavior of Rune during the match.
Now, after Rune and Wawrinka met in the third round of Indian Wells, it was Rune who made a snide remark about Wawrinka. Rune pointed out Wawrinka’s inappropriate behavior in the match in Paris, pointing out that when Wawrinka wins, he doesn’t allow himself to make stupid comments. “You have anything to say now? You have nothing to say now?” – Rune asked Wawrinka, looking him straight in the eye. Wawrinka looked surprised by the remark and replied: “What do you want me to say? “. As Wawrinka turned to shake referee Mohamed Lahyani’s hand, Rune broke away to pack his things and quickly left the court.