Casper Ruud is considered to be the best Norwegian professional tennis player ever, and is a two-time Grand Slam singles finalist.
Name: Casper Ruud
Birthday: December 22, 1998
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway.
Turned Pro: 2015
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Born in Oslo, Norway on the 22nd of December, 1998, Casper Ruud became the first Norwegian to be ranked the world's number one junior in 2016.
After not going further than the third round at any of his junior Grand Slams, Ruud qualified for his first senior Slam at the 2018 Australian Open. Becoming the first Norwegian to compete in one of the sport's four premier events in 17 years, Ruud defeated Quentin Halys in the opening round before losing to Diego Schwartzman in the second round.
Ruud also advanced through qualification for the 2018 French Open, matching his performance from down under by reaching the second round before losing to Albert Ramos Viñolas.
In 2019, Ruud had progressed enough to climb into the top 100 of the World Rankings for the first time in his career becoming the first Norwegian to do so since his father and coach, Christian Ruud.
At the 2019 French Open, Ruud advanced to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time, defeating Ernests Gulbis and 29th seed Matteo Berrettini before falling to a straight sets defeat against Roger Federer in the third round.
Later that year Ruud made his first appearance at Wimbledon, losing in the opening round to the big-serving American and ninth seed, John Isner.
2020 would see Ruud claim his first ATP Tour title at Argentina Open where he defeated Pedro Sousa in the final, becoming the highest-ranked Norwegian in history in the process.
The upward trajectory of Ruud’s career continued in 2021 as he picked up five ATP titles at the Geneva Open, the Swedish Open, the Swiss Open, the Generali Open Kitzbühel and the San Diego Open, finishing the year as world number 8.
In 2022, Ruud reached his maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open. Defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Emil Ruusuvuori, Lorenzo Sonego, Hubert Hurkacz, Holger Rune and Marin Čilić, Ruud would suffer a straight-set defeat to the king of Roland Garros, Rafa Nadal.
Ruud wouldn’t have to wait long for his 2nd Grand Slam final as later that year he reached the final of the US Open. With not only the title on the line at the Arthur Ashe stadium but also world number one status, Ruud would ultimately suffer a four-set defeat to Carlos Alcaraz with the Spaniard becoming the new world number one and Ruud having to settle for number two.
Ruud would also reach the final of the 2022 ATP Tour Finals, losing to Novak Djokovic before being named ATP Sportsman of the Year award for his behavior on tour.
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