In 2019 Casper Ruud finally showed all his talent and ended the season very close to the Top 50. The Norwegian also reached his first ever ATP Tour level final at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, where he to Christian Garín after an exciting battle.
At the 2019 French Open Ruud beat Ernests Gulbis and 29th seed Matteo Berrettini before losing 3-6 1-6 6-7(8) against Roger Federer in the third round. After his best season so far Ruud qualified for the 2019 Next Generation ATP Finals where he got knocked out in the round robin.
During a recent interview with ATPTour.com, he discussed having his father as a coach: “I know that he cares about me and he wants everything in the best way for me. So, of course, he's been a really big part of my success and my team, ever since I was little.
I'm from a small tennis country, and I don't have too many people to look up to in my home country, except for him. He's the only one who knows how it's been and how the life on the Tour is. I think it's been a huge advantage, even though I'm from Norway, to have my father so close to me and helping me with my tennis”.
He also added: “He’s always been there for me and tried to guide me... When you’re 13 or 14, it’s easy to think about other things or want to go out to parties. My dad was strict with me in those ways because he knew you have to be serious from a young age if you want to be a professional tennis player. There were some sacrifices, but it’s paid off”.