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December 8, 2021

Casper Ruud (born 22 December 1998) is a Norwegian tennis player from Snarøya who is ranked number eight in the world in ATP's world ranking (as of 25 October 2021). Ruud represents Snarøya Tennis Club, and is the son of former tennis player Christian Ruud. He is Norway's first male player at Grand Slam level since the late 1990s. Ruud is the first Norwegian to have won a title on the ATP Tour, with the victory in the Argentina Open 2020. He is also the highest ranked Norwegian tennis player of all time, and qualified for the ATP finals in 2021. Ruud is strongest on gravel courts, where he has reached the semifinals of three Masters 1000 tournaments and won five of his six ATP titles.

Career

Children and youth results

In 2012, Casper Ruud won a historic silver medal in the U14 European Championships, as the first Norwegian of all time. In the final, he met Swedish Mikael Ymer, who won with the results 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3. As a fourteen-year-old, he reached his first final in the Norwegian tennis championship in 2013, where he won a silver medal; the final was won by Øystein Steiro. Ruud won the Norwegian men's tennis championship in 2014, as the youngest ever. From 2014, Ruud spent large parts of the year in Spain, where he trained with his father, former tennis player Christian Ruud, and with Spanish Pedro Rico.

2015

In 2015, he won the National Championships again and received his second King's Cup. In 2015, Ruud also played his first junior Grand Slam tournaments, where he reached the 2nd round of Wimbledon and the 3rd round of the French Open and US Open. Ruud reached the 1st round of doubles at the US Open, and all the way to the semi-finals at Wimbledon with his partner Miomir Kecmanović. Ruud won the prestigious junior tournament Osaka Majors Cup, which led to a second place in the world ranking for juniors at the end of 2015.

2016

In February 2016, Ruud won his first ITF tour tournament (Future). He did so by beating Spanish Carlos Taberner in a tournament in Paguera, Spain. He has since played four finals to where he has won one. The victory came against Danish Mikael Torpegaard in S: t Karins, Finland in August 2016. in April he reached the final of the ITF Junior Masters where there was a loss for Hong Seong-chan 5-7, 3-6. This is considered one of the biggest junior tournaments after the grand slam and orange bowl. In 2016, he also won the National Championships for the third time, and received his third King's Cup. In recent years, he has chosen to stand over the championship. In the junior Grand Slam doubles tournament during the French Open 2016, Ruud and his partner Miomir Kecmanović reached the semifinals. Ruud went to the final of the ITF Junior Masters (the 8 best junior players in the world) where he lost 5-7, 3-6 to Hong Seong-chan. In September 2016, in his very first ATP Challenger tournament, he won the tournament in Seville, Spain by beating Japanese Taro Daniel (No. 102 in the ATP world rankings) in the final. On the way to the final, he beat his first player ranked among the top 250, top 150 and top 100 in the ATP rankings. He knocked out the highest ranked player Iñigo Cervantes, who at that time was number 75 in the world, in the quarterfinals. He is the fourth youngest tennis player to have won an ATP Challenger tournament in his debut season. At New Year 2016, Ruud was number 1 on the world rankings for juniors.

2017

After impressing in 2016, by winning an ATP Challenger and now career-best at the ATP rankings with 225 in December 2016, he played his first Grand Slam tournament as a senior in the Australian Open 2017. In the Grand Slam debut saw he made it to the third and final qualifying round where he lost 7-6, 6-3 against Reilly Opelka. Ruud won his first singles match in the first round of the Davis Cup, against Latvia in February 2017. He beat Martin Podzus 6-3, 6-1, 7-5. Together with Viktor Durasovic, he won doubles against Podzus and Mikelis Libietis 6-3, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2.

2018

Casper Ruud won against Tennys Sandgren in a qualification for an ATP 2

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