World No. 10 Casper Ruud has signed up to play the Stockholm Open, per Michal Samulski. Ruud, 22, is set to make his second main draw appearance in Stockholm. Ruud tried to make the Stockholm main draw in 2017 but back then he suffered a qualifying first round loss to Simone Bolelli.
Ruud made his Stockholm main draw debut in 2019 but didn't impress, having lost in the first round to Filip Krajinovic. The Stockholm Open organizers are preparing a strong player field as world No. 4 Alexander Zverev and Wimbledon semifinalist Denis Shapovalov have also signed up to play.
Ruud felt chills at the Laver Cup
After Roger Federer was announced to the Boston crowd during the Laver Cup's opening match between Ruud and Reilly Opelka, the Norwegian felt chills. "I think I was at 3-1 in the first and I was about to return and they showed him on the screen and everyone went nuts.
He deserves it, the crowd was going crazy, it gave me chills. I was in the match mode but still it's something you can't block out from your feelings. Like I said, it gave me chills, it was an extremely fun experience for me and it's great to see him back in a tennis arena.
Even though he is not playing, he is always a big part of the tennis world and this event. He is one of the guys who made it all happen and started it. He deserved all the cheers he gets from the crowd," Ruud said of Federer.
In his first-ever Laver Cup match, Ruud beat Opelka in straight sets. "I was quite nervous in the beginning, it's a big stadium, a big crowd, you get chills when you walk on court, you have the intro, the music...
Seeing all the legenda. Luckily, I handled it well. I got an early break which kind of calmed the nerves down a little bit. I'm sure it was the same for Reilly, he is playing at home. so I was just trying to enjoy the moment, try to play without pressure," Ruud reflected.