Casper Ruud Will Win French Open, Says Former USA Davis Cup Captain

Published 10/06/2021, 2:38 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021 Norway’s Casper Ruud celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik REUTERS/Juan Medina


Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud has been in the news lately this season. He has been making constant progress on the Tour and even entered the top 10 ATP rankings. At the moment, he holds the tag of being the highest-ranked player from Norway in its history, surpassing his father, Christian Ruud. 

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Ruud won the recently concluded San Diego Open, defeating Andy Murray on his way to the trophy. He’s in good nick coming into the BNP Paribas Open, where the 22-year-old has received a first-round bye.  

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Recently, Casper Ruud was praised by former American Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe. He spoke highly of the player from Norway and felt in a matter of time, Casper will win the French Open. The veteran stated, By 2024 Casper Ruud will have a Roland Garros title.”

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Although Ruud has not managed to go past the third round at the French Open, he has managed to beat some of the top players on the clay surface. Taking this season for consideration, he has knocked out some big names in Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman in events like Madrid and Monte Carlo, respectively. 

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The 22-year-old player won four titles this year on the clay events in Geneva Open, Swedish Open, Swiss Open, and the Kitzbuhel Open. He won all these titles in back-to-back weeks. These spectacular results put him right on top of the headlines. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021 Norway’s Casper Ruud celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik REUTERS/Juan Medina

Due to these results, he is considered to have a big future on clay, even drawing comparisons with the legendary Rafael Nadal. At the age of 22 years, the scope for improvement is immense until a player hits their peak age of 27-28 years. 

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There is a possibility of Ruud being able to qualify for the final ATP World Tour Finals in Turin this season. If he registers successful performances in events like the Indian Wells and Rolex Paris Masters, the chances could be bright for the Norwegian. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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