“What the hell are you doing?”
Rune goes for the referee in the Basel final
Because of a defective perimeter advertising, Holger Rune (19, ATP 18) freaked out completely in the final of the Swiss Indoors. Referee Mohamed Lahyani is suffering.
Holger Rune is beside himself in the Basel final.
Rune freak out in Basel: In this rally, the advertising board is defective(01:46)
Nerves and decency – Holger Rune loses both in the final of the ATP tournament in Basel against Félix Auger-Aliassime. «What the f*** are you doing? You must be f***ing kidding me,” he curses in the direction of chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani. In English: «What the hell are you doing? It must be a joke.”
The 19-year-old Dane’s outburst of anger is due to a defective advertising board on the back of the field. At 3:6, 5:5, and 40:40, the LED indicator in Rune’s field of view begins to flicker. He loses the point and claims Lahyani should have stopped the point. Too bad Lahyani didn’t see the broken screen. Rune gets the next two points and has the ball, but then concedes the decisive break to 5:6.
At the last change of sides he is unstoppable. «F*** you! You are destroying this game! How can you not see that?» grumbles Rune, who is already known as a hothead. «You make such a huge mistake in such a phase of the final and are you even too proud to look at me now? You’re acting like a king!”
Referee Lahyani demands respect
Referee Lahyani admits not having seen it, but calls for a different tone: “Don’t talk to me like that. Show respect and I’ll listen to you.” Rune doesn’t want to know anything about it: «You betrayed me. It’s crazy you didn’t see that. It was so obvious.”
Even after the lost final, the matter is not over for him, he posts a video on Twitter that shows the controversial scene. And in the comments he takes on users who demand more fair play: “Is that supposed to be fair? The lines are automatically monitored, so what does the referee do if he’s not paying attention to something like that?”
Verbal derailment or not – in terms of sport, Rune is one of the players of the hour on the ATP tour with the last three finals. In Sofia he first lost to the Swiss Marc-Andrea Hüsler, in Stockholm he even won the title against Stefanos Tsitsipas. (cmu)