“You Don’t Clap on Double Fault”: Casper Ruud to a Provoking Spectator at Indian Wells 2021

Published 10/12/2021, 12:00 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


Over the past 12 months, tennis player Casper Ruud has made a considerable amount of progress. At the moment, he is competing in the Indian Wells Masters and is tipped to go deep into the tournament. However, he did encounter an unfortunate incident during his third-round win over Lloyd Harris of South Africa. 

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During the match, Casper Ruud had a verbal spat with a spectator. The spectator was being harsh on the Norwegian athlete and was trying to provoke Ruud by clapping when it was uncalled for. He cheered when Ruud committed a double fault and tried to disrupt Casper’s concentration. 

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It reached a limit when the Norwegian star confronted the fan. During that conversation, Casper stated, “Are you here to provoke or what? You don’t clap on a double fault.” The umpire, at this point, asked Ruud what was happening, to which he said, “They’re just here to provoke. I just served a double fault and he’s here in my face (clapping). I just asked if he can get moved.”

Casper Ruud is only human at the end of the day 

Naturally, professional athletes are used to playing in front of supporters who aren’t always the kindest to them. However, athletes are only human and continuous provocation can get under their skin. Considering which, Ruud’s actions seem more than justified. 

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

Eventually, the security at the Indian Wells Masters had to step in and take that particular spectator away. It disrupted the momentum of the match and the behavior was totally against the spirit of the game.

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Ruud is currently in the Californian desert and registered a win over Lloyd Harris in three close-fought sets. He will be facing Diego Schwartzman in the fourth-round match. We wish him the best of luck for the remainder of this tournament. 

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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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