Casper Ruud Credits Rafael Nadal for Inspiring Him to Become a Professional Tennis Player

Published 03/19/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 11: Rafael Nadal poses during the FAST4Tennis media opportunity at Circular Quay on January 11, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)


World No. 3 Rafael Nadal has won an incredible number of accolades in tennis. The sheer dominance displayed by the Spaniard over all these years has been breathtaking. There are certain achievements made by Rafa that may never be matched; clearly, to win Roland Garros thirteen times is unthinkable.

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Recently, Rafael Nadal was praised by Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud. Not long ago the youngster trained at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca and called Rafa his idol growing up. He added that the Spaniard played a huge role in inspiring him to become a professional tennis player.

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Casper Ruud in awe of Rafael Nadal’s humble attitude after all the success

The 22-year-old player said, “Rafa’s one of the greatest of all time… I’ve been a fan of him since I started watching tennis. He’s been my biggest idol and the one I’ve looked up to most out of all players. I remember he was the first one I watched on Tv… He’s one of the reasons I really wanted to make a professional career… To practice with him has been a big motivation… Even though how much he’s won, he’s extremely humble and works hard today as he did 15 years ago.”

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 15: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning the first set against Karen Khachanov of Russia during their men’s singles quarter final match on day twelve of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Coming to the current season, Nadal competed at the Australian Open despite a back injury. His journey ended in the quarterfinal after he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek player fought back after being two sets down.

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 19: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand against Guido Pella of Argentinain their quarter final match during day six of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 19, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Casper earned a career-best performance at a Grand Slam event by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open 2021. His performance in Melbourne helped him earn a career-high ranking of number 24 in the world.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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