Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud has admitted that he is not one of the most attractive players on the Tour but still he is eager to put on a show at the Laver Cup. Ruud, 22, is set to make his debut at the Laver Cup this year.
Ruud, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 10 in the world, is set to represent Team Europe. “I’m not the guy with the biggest game or the flashy shots. But, you know, just being steady, playing every point like it really matters I think has been working out well… to play every point as your life depends on it," Ruud said.
Ruud excited about his Laver Cup debut
"I am looking forward to the challenge and will do all I can to contribute the best I can and bring home the win for us this year," Ruud said. Ruud, who is enjoying a breakthrough season on the Tour, suffered a disappointing second round loss at the US Open.
Ruud won the first set against Botic Van de Zandschulp before falling short in five sets to the Dutch qualifier. "I've never really felt comfortable on that surface here. It's the fastest I've ever played on.
I'll need to learn from it. It was a solid match, he played very well. I didn't feel special pressure with being seeded 8," Ruud said after his loss. Ruud has set high goals for the rest of the season as he hopes to finish the year inside the top-10 make the Nitto ATP Finals.
"It is to reach Turin and finish in the Top 10. He is focused on getting to the [Nitto] ATP Finals. Without clay, it may be a little bit tougher, but he can play well on hard courts, and mentally he is prepared. There are six big events left this season and we will try to do well in all these events," Ruud's father and coach Christian Ruud told the ATP website.