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Rune says Mouratoglou staying on as part of his coaching team

The Frenchman is free to continue working with Rune while Simona Halep fights a provisional ban for failing a drugs test

Team Holger Rune Federico Pestellini / Panoramic

When Patrick Mouratoglou joined the Holger Rune team for the last few months of 2022, it was intended to be a short-term arrangement.

But the success of the Dane in the closing stages of 2022 – he won his first Masters 1000 title in Bercy and broke into the world’s top 10 – has meant a change of plan and the Frenchman will remain a part of Rune’s team alongside long-time coach Lars Christensen and his mother, Aneke, for the foreseeable future.

“We’re going to continue, yes,” Rune told reporters in Montepellier, where this week he is the No 1 seed in a tournament for the first time on the ATP Tour.

“Last year was obviously great. This year has been very good, too. And it’s nice to have him by my side. We have very good time together, together with Lars (Christensen) and my mum. The whole team is improving, everybody is open and I’m happy how I’ve built my team.”

Mouratoglou, who was with Rune and the team at the Australian Open, is also the coach of Simona Halep, the Romanian who is currently in the process of contesting a provisional ban she received for testing positive for a banned substance at last year’s US Open.

Halep had encouraged Mouratoglou to work with Rune when her ban was announced.

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