Ruud: 'I look up to Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic'


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Ruud: 'I look up to Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic'

The coronavirus pandemic ensures that all tennis is canceled or postponed for a long period to come. No tournaments are scheduled until the earliest in mid-July, but it may not be played until the summer at all. Of course, this provides an unclear situation for the athletes.

Casper Ruud has been in the home quarantine until recently after returning to Norway from the US, and his dad Christian says that the 21-year-old looks forward to a little more freedom of movement. Ruud’s home base since September 2018 has been the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, so it’s fitting that the 21-year-old looks up to the Spaniard and how he carries himself on court.

“I look up to Rafa a lot and people know him as very humble and a good fighter. Of course, I’m not trying to be just like him, but I’m looking at the stuff that I like with Rafa, I’m looking at the stuff that I like with Federer or Djokovic and of course, I’m trying to bring that into my own game,” he told ATP uncovered.

The 21-year-old was ranked 143 in the world but currently sits at No. 36 in the ATP rankings. “When you turn 15, 16, your friends maybe start to party a little bit and you’re maybe tempted to try to go once or twice, but I never did it.

I never touched alcohol. Those are choices normal people may think are a bit tough or hard to say no to going out or being with friends. Every weekend in Norway, it’s usual to go to your cabin or summer house or whatever the season is, but every weekend me and my father went out to the courts and played at least six, seven hours.

I think those were the kind of choices that made me a step ahead of my competitors, in Norway at least, for some years" - he added.