Casper Ruud calls out the ‘experts’ of social media in a explosive rant at the US Open

Casper Ruud shares his view on social media in the tennis community.


Casper Ruud calls out the ‘experts’ of social media in a explosive rant at the US Open

Casper Ruud (Credits : USTA)

2022 US Open finalist Casper Ruud had to fight hard for his first-round win over Emilio Nava. The fifth seed defeated the American 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 on court 17. Nava made Ruud struggle with his big serves, hitting 13 aces compared to the Norwegian’s 3. The win was Ruud’s 200th tour-level victory. 

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In the post-match conference, Ruud was asked about his presence on the social media site X (formerly known as Twitter). Ruud regularly engages with fans on social media. The 5th seed had rather interesting things to say about the tennis community on social media. 

Talking about a section of the tennis community, Ruud said, “So I read a bunch of these, like, so-called tennis experts and their opinions, and it’s just wild. It annoys me in a way, because it’s just — I feel like if you haven’t played professional in the past, most of them have no clue what they are talking about.” The 24-year-old advised his fans to not pay heed to what the so-called experts say.

Ruud further called out the short-term memory and recency bias of some fans on social media. The Norwegian said that he found the exaggeration on social media interesting but not worthy of engaging in. Further elaborating, Ruud remarked, “You go from being the best player in the world to the worst player in history from one week to another, and it shouldn’t be taken serious.”

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Talking about how he manages his time on social media, Ruud concluded, “It’s a wicked place to spend too much time, I think. because reading about yourself is not really nice always.I take it with a smile, but sometimes I guess I can’t control myself.

That’s not all; as per the tennis professional himself, it just makes it easier to interact with his fans. However, it can prove to be dangerous if one spends too much time on it. 

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Casper Ruud impressed by Carlos Alcaraz’s quick rise to the top

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Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud (credits: Getty Images)

5th seed Casper Ruud played Carlos Alcaraz in the final of the 2022 US Open. The Spaniard defeated Ruud 6–4, 2–6, 7–6 (7–1), and 6–3 to win his first Grand Slam title. Alcaraz became the youngest Major champion since Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open. Since then, Alcaraz has added to his Grand Slam tally by winning the Wimbledon title, defeating Novak Djokovic last month.

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Ruud was impressed by Alcaraz’s quick rise to the top. Talking about his first encounter with the young Spaniard in Acapulco in 2021, Ruud said, “When I saw him there the first time I wouldn’t imagine that, you know, a year and a half later we would play a Grand Slam final because he was just so young, and, yeah, he had great potential, but at least from what I saw back then, was a little unorganized. Then a couple months later he beat me, me kicked my ass in Marbella in a tournament.”

The 5th-seeded Norwegian is scheduled to play the Chinese Zhang Zhizhen in the second round. The pair have faced each other once before; Ruud won the third-round encounter at the French Open earlier this year.

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