Casper Ruud: Norway’s rising tennis titan ready for ATP Finals debut | Tumaini Carayol

The 22-year-old shares the influences of his coach and father Christian, and Rafael Nadal, which have led him to Turin

Shortly after Wimbledon, during an interminable July in world sport, many top players packed their bags and headed off to Tokyo for the Olympic Games. But not everyone. Some were unable to qualify for the event, while others detested the restrictive conditions in Japan.

And then there were players, such as the 22 year-old Casper Ruud, who saw an opportunity and took it with aplomb. With all eyes on Tokyo, Ruud quietly won consecutive ATP 250 titles in Bastad, Gstaad, and Kitzbühel. This was already a breakout top-20 year for him, but those results pushed him into the conversation for an ATP Finals spot, where he will compete for the first time in Turin next week.

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