Former American tennis player Patrick McEnroe has tipped world No. 10 Casper Ruud to win a French Open title by 2024. Ruud, 22, has won four titles on clay this season and he also made semifinals at Masters events in Monte Carlo and Madrid.
"By 2024 @CasperRuud98 will have a @rolandgarros title," McEnroe tweeted. After Wimbledon, Ruud won three consecutive titles in as many weeks -- Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel. "I think winning those three tournament back-to-back was something special and something that raises your confidence and belief in yourself, definitely,” Ruud told the ATP Tour.
“I don’t mind being a clay court player. [Rafael] Nadal is the perfect example”.
Ruud looked up to Nadal
"It’s possible for heavy topspin players to play well on [all] the surfaces and [Nadal] is the type of player that I looked up to for many years and will try to learn from when it comes to this transition from clay court to hard court,” Ruud explained.
McEnroe had a chance to get a close look at Ruud this past Laver Cup as he was the vice captain for Team World. Ruud participated in the opening match at the Laver Cup and he felt chills after Roger Federer was announced to the Laver Cup crowd.
"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.