That Casper Ruud was a player to watch out for in the future is well-known for quite some time. However, not even his biggest fans could have predicted the kind of rise he would have had in 2021.
Those are, in essence, the toughest tournaments to play in after the Grand Slams. He capped off the year by making his debut in the Nitto ATP Finals.
There, he qualified out of the group to make it to the semi-finals where he lost to eventual runner-up Daniil Medvedev.
But his strong showing ensured he retained his number 8 position in the ATP rankings. It also ensured that, come the 2022 season, there will be even more eyes on the boy from Norway.
Casper Ruud has always known that becoming a professional tennis player would be difficult. This holds true for anyone who participates in this or any other sport.
However, this is especially true in Norway. Back in 1995, the country’s previous highest-ranked men’s player reached an all-time high of 39th.
Norway competes in the lower levels of the Davis Cup because of its lack of exposure in the professional annals of the sport.
His high profile life as a tennis star means there’s plenty of interest in his life. This also includes the equipment he uses to play the sport.
Here we are going to analyse the most important tool a tennis player uses on court – his racquet.
Casper Ruud’s racquet is a Yonex DR 100 Plus that is about 27.5 inches long. It’s approximately 330 grams strung with a balance of 33.5 cm.
Ruud uses a hybrid string setup, which looks like a combination of Yonex Poly Tour Strike in the mains and Yonex Poly Tour Pro in the crosses.
The slightly bigger length of his racquet gives him power on both wings, which he utilizes especially well on the forehand.
|Head size||100 square inches|
|String pattern||16 mains and 19 crosses|
|Construction||23 mm/26 mm/22 mm|
|Composition||HM Graphite, Nanometric DR, Quake Shut Gel|