Casper Ruud surpasses his father and trainer Christian Ruud

Casper Ruud surpasses his father and trainer Christian Ruud

There is a family that must be very happy with their son. The family of The Ruuds must be excited about the possibility that their son, Casper Ruud, can be number 1 for the first time and win his first Grand Slam. But surely the one who must feel the happiest and proudest is his father and coach, Christian Ruud, who was also a former tennis player.

Christian Ruud also has his history as a professional tennis player. He started playing at the age of nine with his father, oddly as he did with Casper. christian was professional for 10 years, from 1991 to 2001, where his highest ranking was number 39 reached almost half of his career, in 1995. The Norwegian won 12 titles, in the ATP Challenger Series category, participated in the Olympic Games and the Davis Cup with the Norwegian team, but in 2001 he ended his career with a total of 115 wins and 145 losses. But as a Real Betis campaign put it: From parents to children, from grandparents to grandchildren, a passion that is called Betis… In this case, it is the passion of the Ruud family that is called tennis.

A passion that passed through his grandfather and his father will reach his grandson and his son, Casper Ruud. The Norwegian has trained practically all his life with his father and has been a professional since 2015. Indeed, he won three titles in 2016, the Seville Challenger and two Futures in Finland and Spain, and we could already see that he is stood out. From the beginning. So much so that he was the first Norwegian to break many records:

  • Highest ranked Norwegian tennis player (surpassed his father in 2020).
  • First Norwegian to reach the top 10 (his best ranking is number 5, without having finished the US Open).
  • Win an ATP Tour title (9).
  • On qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals (2021).
  • By reaching a Grand Slam final (Roland Garros 2022) and ATP Masters 1000 (Miami).

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In this case, the student has surpassed the teacher in many waysbut his father during a press conference at the US Open explains the difference between being a father and a coach: “Our relationship is very natural, it’s always been like that. It’s easy for us, although I have to remember that Casper spent two years with a Spanish coach, and he was the one who offered me the opportunity to coach him again. We had no problem with this case, we have a lot of hobbies in common”.

This year has been an explosion of many young tennis players like Carlos Alcarazbut also Casper Ruud. The Norwegian has won nine titles in his career, all ATP 250, but three of them this year: in Buenos Aires, Geneva and Gstaad, the three of low land. Moreover, he also won the last two in 2021, hence why he defended his points this year. Finally, he also reached the finals of the Masters 1000 in Miami and Roland Garros, and curiously, he lost them both against two Spaniards, against Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal, and his two rivals for number 1.

This Friday at 9:00 p.m. he faces Karen Khachanov in the semifinals of the US Open to try to reach the final and number 1, but his father describes how his son feels: “He goes game after game, so we see such a possibility from afar. However, as is normal, He is motivated, since it has been his dream since he was a child. He always wanted to be the best in the world and now he has the opportunitybut, there is still a trick that will not be easy at all”.

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