Casper Ruud is one of the nicest and most interesting youngsters on tour. The 20-year-old for Norway has just qualified for the #Nextgen finals in Milan and he is ready to go for more in the upcoming season. Casper trains at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor where he managed to improve dramatically his tennis. He may need to ask for some advice to the King of Clay after what has recently happened.
The controversy about Tsitsipas (misinterpreted)?
Unfortunately, Casper stumbled during an interview reported by the Swedish website tennisportalen. Talking about the new Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas, he commented:
“Tsitsipas is a very good player, but ever since I grew up playing with and against him I think I can find it easier to spot some weaknesses in his game than others may don’t. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an amazing player, but I don’t think he had the summer he or his fans were hoping for.”
Apparently, his words were misinterpreted and that attracted some criticism from the fans.
”Tsitsipas is good, I've grown up with him but I think people might think he's better than he really is," he said.
"Sure, he's the top 10 in the world, and I'm not going to sit here and say he's not good, but he has some weaknesses in his game.” – Casper Ruud
— Due_tennis321 (@DTennis321) October 23, 2019
The Ruud Boy is just rude
— Laura B 💯+ (@avasbar20) October 23, 2019
The fire with Kyrgios
Casper was much more direct when talking about Kyrgios. The Australian made fun of Casper when he celebrated his win after Kyrgios defaulted against him in Rome. Ruud commented:
“He can say as much as he wants about me getting disqualified but it still says 1-0 to me. I don’t know, he was totally crazy when I played him. It was nice to win. If I celebrated after the match or not? I don’t care. I was happy I got 90 points and 50 000 dollars in prize money so why wouldn’t I celebrate? It’s his problem that he’s an idiot on court.”
Kyrgios blasted back in a rather menacing way on Twitter to say:
“Hey @CasperRuud98 next time you have something to say, I would appreciate you say it to my face, I’m sure you wouldn’t run your mouth so much after that. Until then I will continue to rather watch paint dry then watch you play tennis, boring af.
But again, I also understand why you have to keep my name in your mouth, because people dont even realise that you play tennis goodluck in Milan champ x.”
Needless to say, the fans got on fire after this comment.
Something to learn from Nadal?
Casper is a nice guy and he is reaching his potential at the Rafa Nadal Academy. Probably, the Spanish legend should help him not get caught in this kind of traps.
Casper Ruud’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.61, Casper played his last match on the 20th of October when he was defeated by Peter Gojowczyk 6-1 6-1 in the qualifications in Basel.
Casper Ruud’s best performance of the present season was getting to the final in Houston.
Tsitsipas in Basel, ranking, and results in 2019
Ranked no.7, Tsitsipas has a 45-22 win-loss record in 2019. Stefanos is playing at the moment in Basel where he defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 7-66.
The Greek will come up against Berankis in the 2nd round. The head to head is 1-0 for Berankis.
The last time that they competed against each other, Berankis won 6-75 7-66 6-3 in the 2nd round in Metz in September 2018.
Tsitsipas has won 2 titles in 2019 in Marseille and in Estoril. Stefanos was the finalist in Dubai, in Madrid and in Beijing.
Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas played each other 1 time. The head to head is 1-0 for Tsitsipas.