The debate about the “GOAT” of tennis has been a hot topic among tennis fans for many years. This eternal debate has taken over the front pages of newspapers, the pages of Internet forums and, above all, has forced fans to spend their time defending their favorite in question. Players sometimes get involved themselves, often in retirement, to fan the flames and propose their candidates. But there are others, like Holger Rune, who want nothing to do with it.
This is curious, to say the least, since this is someone who grew up in the era of the greatest domination of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer. Now that he’s looking at the tennis ecosystem from the inside, aware of the titanic effort of any great player and that it’s far from being a predominant discussion in the locker room, the Dane has strengthened his convictions and made it abundantly clear that, for him, the whole GOAT debate lacks interest or relevance.
“Honestly, I don’t think anything about it. I hate the GOAT debate,” Holger firmly states in statements to Express. In explaining himself, Rune admitted that the constant gossip and fighting over “GOAT” only tarnishes the collective legacy of all these players, while making it very clear that any record is there to be broken. “They talk about who’s won the most titles, who’s won the most Grand Slams, who’s been number one the longest…”
“I think all of these players are incredible. They’ve done absolutely historic things. What they’ve done motivates the rest of the kids to believe that it’s possible. Records are there to be broken, and they force us to work harder so they can be broken. It’s something positive for the future of tennis, it’s going to raise the level much higher.”
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