Norway, Christian Ruud, Rafa Nadal Academy: 10 questions about Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud is the first player from Norway to win an ATP Tour title and is the highest-ranked player from his country in the history of the sport. Here is everything you need to know about the Norwegian
Who is Casper Ruud?
Casper Ruud is a professional tennis player who competes on the ATP Tour. He was born on December 22, 1998.
What is Casper Ruud’s nationality?
Ruud is from Norway and has created history by becoming the first tennis player from his country to reach the top 30 and then the top 20 in the world rankings. In February 2020, Ruud also became the first player from Norway to win an ATP Tour title when he lifted the 2020 Argentina Open.
Was Casper Ruud’s father also a tennis player?
Yes, Casper’s father is Christan Ruud, the former ATP pro. Christian Ruud turned pro in 1991 and retired in 2001, achieving a career-high ranking of No 39, which was the highest by any player from Norway until Casper broke the mark in February 2020.
Not surprisingly, Casper Ruud did not have to look too far to find a coach for himself – his father Christian is also his coach.
Was Casper Ruud a good junior?
Ruud was the top-ranked junior in the world in January 2016. He won four junior titles, including three Grade 1 titles – Mundial Juvenil de Tenis Barranquilla, Copa Gatorade and the 51st Coffee Bowl – all in 2015. Ruud’s best performance as a junior came in doubles where he reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon and French Open.
What is Casper Ruud’s highest ranking?
Ruud’s highest ranking is No 11, which he achieved for the first time on August 16, 2021. You can find his current ranking and ranking history on his ATP Tour profile page.
How many titles has Casper Ruud won in his career?
Ruud has won five ATPTour singles titles in his career, including four in 2021. During the post-Wimbledon stretch this year, Ruud has so far won three titles in a row on clay – in Bastad, Gstaad, and Kitzbuhel.
What is Casper Ruud’s best performance at a Grand Slam?
Ruud’s best performance at a Grand Slam has been reaching the fourth round of the 2021 Australian Open. The Norwegian has reached the third round at Roland-Garros for three years in a row (2019 to 2021) and the third round at the US Open in 2020.
Where does Casper Ruud train?
Ruud has been training regularly at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Spain since September 2018. In an interview earlier this year, Ruud said, “It’s great. You’ve been there and seen the facility and they are growing and expanding with like fifteen new courts. So it’s definitely one of the best ten places to focus on your career in tennis and become one of the best tennis players in the world.”
How much prize money has Casper Ruud won in his career?
As of August 23, 2021, Ruud has won $3.69 million in career prize money, including over $1.1 million in 2021 alone.