Hockey, video games, Nieminen: 10 questions about Emil Ruusuvuori – updated after the Pune final
Rising tennis star Emil Ruusuvuori reached his first ATP Tour final in Pune. Here’s everything you need to know about the young Finn
Who is Emil Ruusuvuori ?
Emil Ruusuvuori is a professional tennis player from Finland, known for some performances on the ATP Tour and for being part-time member of the Rafa Nadal Academy.
Emil Ruusuvuori burst onto the world scene when he beat third seed Alexander Zverev in the second round of Miami in 2021, for his first win over a top-10 player, some weeks after he beat Gael Monfils at the first round of the 2021 Australian Open.
Has Emil Ruusuvuori won an ATP Tour title?
Not yet. But in the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune, India, in February 2022, the 22-year-old reached his first ATP Tour final, beating Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak 6-3, 7-6. He lost the final to Joao Sousa, going down 7-6 (9), 4-6, 6-1.
How old is Emil Ruusuvuori?
Emil Ruusuvuori was born in Helsinki, Finland, on April 2, 1999 – he is currently 22 and lives in Helsinki.
How tall is Emil Ruusuvuori?
According to his ATP page, he is 6′ 2″, or 1.88m.
Who are his family?
Emil Ruusuvuori’s father is Jari, his mother is Eva, and he has two siblings, a brother Elias and a sister Aino.
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When did Ruusuvuori turn professional?
Ruusuvuori turned professional in 2018 having been a former world No 4 in juniors. Since then, he has won four out of his six finals on the Challenger tour, all on hard courts. He has also been part of the Finland Davis Cup squad, and recorded his first win over a top 100 player in that competition when he beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-2 in September 2019. One of his other most memorable results so far was his first-round win over 10th seed Gael Monfils at the 2021 Australian Open, triumphing 3-6, 6-4, 7-5,3-6, 6-3.
How did he start playing tennis?
He started playing tennis as a five-year-old when coach Mika Muilu saw him playing badminton with his mother and suggested he try a different racquet sport.
Who were Ruusuvuori’s idols growing up?
Ruusuvuori admired two compatriots – fellow Finnish tennis player Jarkko Nieminen and ice hockey star Teemu Selanne. He says if he didn’t play tennis, he’d want to be an ice hockey pro.
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What are his hobbies?
Ruusuvuori plays the drums. He also enjoys video games, and travels all over the world with his PlayStation.
How much prize money has Ruusuvuori won?
As of February 5, 2022, Ruusuvuori has won $1,214,936 in prize money en route to a career-high ranking of world No 66, achieved on August 30, 2021.
Is Emil Ruusuvuori on social media?
Emil Ruusuvuori has a verified Instagram account, with 20,400 followers. He also has a verified Facebook page, with 3,510 fans.