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Norway, Christian Ruud, Rafa Nadal Academy, Roland-Garros: Everything you always wanted to know about Casper Ruud (but never had time to find out) – updated with ATP Finals run
Casper Ruud is the highest-ever ranked Norwegian player in tennis history, at No 2 and has also reached two Grand Slam finals. Here are the answers to some questions you may have about him
Who is Casper Ruud?
Casper Ruud is a professional tennis player who competes on the ATP Tour. He was born on December 22, 1998. He is the first Norwegian man to reach a Grand Slam final after finishing runner-up at Roland-Garros in 2022. He reached his second Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2022.
What did Casper Ruud do at the ATP Finals in 2022?
Having qualified for the event for the second year in a row, Ruud reached the final for the first time, beating Andrey Rublev in the semis, having picked up wins over Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime in the group stages. His hopes of winning the title, though, were dashed by Novak Djokovic, who won the title for a sixth time with a 7-5, 6-3 victory.
What is Casper Ruud’s best performance at a Grand Slam ?
Ruud has reached two Grand Slam finals. His first final was at Roland-Garros 2022, where he lost to his idol Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 6-0. The Norwegian had 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 before making the round of 16 at the Australian Open in 2021.
The 23-year-old then reached his second Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2022, losing out to Carlos Alcaraz in four sets. His run there lifted him to a career-high ranking of No 2.
“I think I surprised myself for sure,” he said. “I have four finals that stand out for me this year, which are Miami Open and Roland Garros, US Open, now the (ATP Finals).”
What happened against Holger Rune at Roland-Garros 2022?
A rare all-Scandinavian quarter-final saw an eighth-seeded Ruud beat Denmark’s Holger Rune 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3. But the encounter could be remembered more for what happened after Ruud officially progressed. Fans noted the frosty handshake, with Rune accusing Ruud of disrespect, something the Norwegian’s camp denied.
It seems like the unpleasantness continued in the locker room after the match but both sides had a different version of what happened.
Did Casper Ruud reach the ATP Finals in 2021?
Yes, Ruud booked his spot in the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin, Italy. Ruud became the seventh player to qualify for Turin by reaching the quarter-finals of the Rolex Paris Masters and the first Norwegian ever to qualify for the ATP Finals.
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, then the top 20 and in September 2021, the top 10 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. He is the only Norwegian man to reach a Grand Slam final, after his run at the French Open in 2022.
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 rose to a career-high ranking of No 2 when the US Open was completed. He is by far the highest-ranked Norwegian player in history. 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 nine ATP Tour singles titles in his career. He won five in 2021 and has picked up three more in 2022 so far. During the post-Wimbledon stretch in 2021, Ruud won three titles in a row on clay – in Bastad, Gstaad, and Kitzbuhel and then won the hard-court event in San Diego in September, beating Briton Cameron Norrie in the final.
What is Casper Ruud’s best performance at a Masters Series 1000 event?
In 2022, Ruud reached the final of an ATP Masters Series for the first time in his career in Miami. Ruud defeated Cameron Norrie and Alexander Zverev en route to the final where he was defeated by Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz.
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 November 21, 2022, Ruud has won more than $11.7 million in career prize money.