In October 1995, Christian Ruud grew to become the highest-ranked Norwegian tennis participant ever. He was No. 39 on this planet, reached the spherical of 16 on the 1997 Australian Open and represented his nation on the Olympics 3 times.
It took about 26 years, however in February 2020 Ruud’s rating was eclipsed — by his son, Casper, 22, who has obliterated his father’s accomplishments, profitable 4 ATP clay-court tournaments this yr, and reached a career-high No. 10 rating.
The previous No. 1 junior participant, Casper Ruud misplaced within the second spherical of the USA Open to Botic van de Zandschulp, an eventual quarterfinalist. However, his stellar season prompted Bjorn Borg to incorporate him on his eight-man European workforce within the Laver Cup. His father is his coach.
The next dialog has been edited and condensed.
Do you bear in mind the primary time you beat your father?
Sure, I do. I used to be 14 or 15, however my dad thinks I used to be 16. We had spent a yr taking part in tournaments throughout Europe, so we stayed house the following yr to work on my physique and creating my character on courtroom. On the weekends, we’d attempt to play a bit of bit in opposition to one another.
After a few tries, I beat him 6-2. He wasn’t too happy as a result of he didn’t play properly. He gave it away with loads of errors.
You’ve had most of your success on clay courts, however the Laver Cup is indoors on a tough courtroom. How will you adapt?
My type of recreation fits the clay higher. The best way I hit the ball is with a reasonably good quantity of topspin. It’s a heavy ball that bounces up from the clay courts. However I shouldn’t overlook that I grew up half the yr taking part in indoors on a tough courtroom as a result of Norway is a chilly nation.
Your Laver Cup teammates shall be among the many finest on this planet. When you may take one stroke from Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini, what would it not be?
From Medvedev, I might like to have his return of serve. With Zverev, the backhand is fairly phenomenal. I feel Tsitsipas has bought nice hand abilities on the web and nice volleys.
It’s robust with Rublev and Berrettini as a result of they’ve lethal forehands, however I’m going with Rublev’s forehand and Berrettini’s depraved slice on the backhand aspect. Then I’ve it lined.
No, I’m going to go for Berrettini’s serve. Then I can go away the slice for myself.
What’s your hometown, Snaroya, finest identified for aside from you?
It’s by the ocean and really good and calm. The Oslo airport was once a kilometer away from the place I grew up. They moved it exterior Oslo the yr I used to be born, however they saved the runway there as a historic website. In terms of sport, all the youngsters play soccer in the summertime and hockey within the winter. And so they go boating in the summertime. It’s additionally identified for tennis as a result of my dad performed.
When you may have dinner with one well-known individual, who would it not be?
I might say the Canadian singer the Weeknd. He’s an artist I’ve listened to rather a lot and actually like. He’s a star all over the world now, however once I began listening to him he was extra nameless, a bit darker than he’s now. I might be fairly star-struck if I have been at that dinner, however it could be cool to fulfill him someday.
Did you set any objectives for this yr?
It’s robust to set objectives by numbers. Firstly of the season, I mentioned to myself that if I may finish the yr within the High 20 it could be a terrific yr. Now, I’m within the High 10.
But it surely’s extra vital to finish the yr High 10, not simply get into it for every week after which drop out. The consequence on the finish of the yr is the actually large achievement.