He will face Rafael Nadal on Sunday in the Roland-Garros final. The Norwegian Casper Ruud, world No. 8, is a golf fanatic. He even created a second Instagram account 100% dedicated to his second passion!
Casper Ruud, golf
The swing is rather athletic and loose.
On his 2nd Instagram account dedicated to his love for golf (@casper-golfer), Casper Ruud shares some videos of his moments of relaxation on a course. One of his favorite destinations is the Indian Wells tournament in California, where one of the most challenging ATP tournaments of the year is held each year.
"I always take my clubs when I go to a tournament there, it's a paradise for golf", specifies the young Norwegian, n°8 in the world ranking. He admits it himself, Casper is very little known in his country, Norway, which does not have a great tennis culture.
"Some even nicknamed me Casper the ghost," he laughs. But as he explained in a press conference after his victorious semi-final at Roland-Garros, he hopes to “follow in the footsteps of Viktor Hovland, whose fine performances on the PGA Tour have attracted many Norwegians to golf.
» On Sunday, Casper Ruud will embark on what is perhaps the most difficult sporting challenge of the moment: facing Rafael Nadal in the final at Roland-Garros. The Spaniard will play his 14th final in Paris, he won the previous 13… Ruud knows what to expect.
He has never faced Nadal on a tennis court, but he has already played against “Rafa”… in golf. "We had a few games and I can tell you that unlike me, he doesn't take golf for fun... It was very serious, he absolutely wanted to beat me and he did it" said Ruud.
Sunday, it is a yellow ball that will be hit by the two men. Not sure that Casper Ruud gains from it… Casper Ruud (born 22 December 1998) is a Norwegian tennis player. In singles he has won eight titles in the major circuit and boasts a Grand Slam final at the French Open 2022 and a semi-final at the ATP Finals 2021.
His best ATP ranking was the 6th position reached in June 2022, following the final played in the Parisian slam. This success made him the first Norwegian tennis player to have won a tournament on the major circuit, to have reached a Grand Slam final and to have played in the ATP Finals.