“Shocking Allegations: Novak Djokovic Accuses Rising Star Holger Rune of Locker Room Theft – Tennis World Stunned!”
In a surprising turn of events at the Shanghai Masters, Novak Djokovic playfully accused Holger Rune of “stealing” his coveted locker room after withdrawing from the tournament. Traditionally, elite players are assigned personalized locker rooms, complete with a plaque listing the room’s previous occupants. Rune, making his debut in Shanghai, was assigned the locker room formerly utilized by Djokovic.
Djokovic, the reigning world No 1, is presently on a brief hiatus from tennis, opting out of the Asian swing before his return at the Paris Masters. Consequently, he won’t be gracing the courts of Shanghai as the tournament makes a long-awaited comeback after a four-year hiatus.
In Djokovic’s absence, Rune found himself in Djokovic’s old locker room. Expressing his excitement, the young talent shared a video on X (formerly Twitter), showcasing his room adorned with the names of its prestigious past occupants – Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. “How cool is this locker room?” Rune exclaimed.
Novak Djokovic Accuses Rising Star Holger Rune of Locker Room Theft
This unexpected revelation piqued Djokovic’s interest, who humorously responded, “You stole my locker room!??” Djokovic had occupied the room in 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019.
Interestingly, this particular locker room seems to be a charm for Djokovic. All four of his Shanghai Masters titles were clinched when he utilized this very space. Notably, Nadal also reached the final when he had the privilege of using it in 2009 and 2017. Rune, hoping to regain his form after grappling with a dip in his results due to an injury, might find luck in this storied room.
Rune had been struggling with a back issue, a problem exacerbated by changes in his service motion. Recently, he parted ways with Patrick Mouratoglou and reunited with his former coach, Lars Christensen, who reportedly rectified his serve. The efforts paid off when the Danish player secured his first victory since July.
After an impressive run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals, Rune faced setbacks, exiting in the early rounds of the Canadian Open and US Open, and retiring from his Cincinnati match. He also suffered a loss during Denmark’s Davis Cup tie against Brazil. However, last week, he managed to win his opening match in Beijing before succumbing to Grigor Dimitrov.
Rune is among the four top-10 players making their debut in Shanghai this week. Joining him are Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, and Casper Ruud. Alcaraz, a rising star from Spain, was assigned another prestigious locker room in his debut – the one previously used by Roger Federer for 12 years. This spot’s historical significance dates back to before the Shanghai Masters even existed, during the venue’s hosting of the ATP Finals.