Casper Ruud (born December 22, 1998) is a professional tennis player from Norway. Ruud’s world No. 5 singles position, reached on 13 June 2022, makes him the highest-ranked Norwegian tennis player in history. He has won nine ATP Tour singles titles, including eight on clay.
Ruud is the first man from Norway to win an ATP singles championship, reach a major final (at the 2022 French Open), reach a Masters 1000 final, and hit the top 10 of the ATP rankings. After reaching the quarterfinals of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, he earned his highest doubles ranking of 133 in the world.
Childhood, Parents and Upbringing
Casper Ruud was born in Oslo, Norway on December 22, 1998. His father, Christian Ruud, was a former professional tennis player who attained a career-high ATP Tour rating of 39. Caroline and Charlotte are his two sisters. His mother’s name is Lele Cathrine.
In a 2021 interview, Ruud stated, “My father clearly played previously.” “We had a small tennis court in the backyard, and he took me there as soon as I could walk so I could get a feel for the ball and play around for fun. I was between three and five years old.”
Ruud claimed that Rafael Nadal was one of his primary tennis heroes, and in 2018 he made the Spaniard’s Academy in Mallorca his training base. Casper claims that practising with Rafael Nadal has helped him improve his game and aim higher. Ruud stated in a 2019 interview, “If Rafa plays with 100 per cent intensity in matches, he practises with 120 per cent intensity.”
“He rips the ball with such force. When he practises, he prefers to take risks because it may be easier for him to slow down if necessary during a game. This is something that has also proven effective for me. I’m attempting to play a bit looser in training, with higher intensity, faster balls, and focusing on things that you wouldn’t attempt in a game.
“When I practise with Rafa, he gets to push me around, and after a couple of hours, I’m typically fatigued. They are challenging but wonderful.”
His age and height
He was born on 22 December 1998. According to the date, his recent age is 23 years old as of 2021. His height is 6 feet 0 inches or 1.83m.
Casper, who went professional in 2015, had a successful junior career and reached the top of the junior world rankings.
Ruud experienced a huge breakthrough at the 2017 Rio Open, as he reached the semifinals after receiving a wild card into the ATP 500 tournament. He fell to Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals, but his performance drove him to the 133rd position in the world rankings.
Casper earned his maiden participation in the main draw of a major slam after advancing through qualifying at the 2018 Australian Open. In the second round, he was defeated by Diego Schwartzman.
In the second grand slam of the year, he fell in the second round against Albert Ramos Vinolas after advancing to the second round of qualification at the French Open.
Ruud had a successful 2019 and qualified for the ATP Next Gen Finals, where he was eliminated in the round robin.
Initial ATP Title and Further
Ruud won his first ATP championship in February 2020 at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires, defeating Pedro Sousa in the final. He has made steady development throughout his career. He thus became the first Norwegian player to win an ATP Tour championship.
“I’m experiencing a wonderful sensation right now. It is what every player desires and dreams of. I am quite pleased with my career, despite the fact that I am still young, Ruud said after winning his maiden championship. “Buenos Aires will always hold a particular place in my heart, and this is my first championship.”
With the victory, Casper moved up to number 34 in the world, surpassing his father’s career-high rating of number 39 in October 1995.