Daniil Medvedev pokes fun at Casper Ruud from a Weeknd concert after the Norwegian concert spree at Wimbledon

Daniil Medvedev attended the 'Blinding Lights' singer's concert in London.


Daniil Medvedev pokes fun at Casper Ruud from a Weeknd concert after the Norwegian concert spree at Wimbledon

From left: Daniil Medvedev, The Weeknd and Casper Ruud (Image via AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

World No. 3 and semifinalist at the recently concluded Wimbledon, Daniil Medvedev took to Instagram to take a dig at fellow tennis player Casper Ruud for his supposed craze over the pop star The Weeknd. Ruud had expressed his desire to attend one of his concerts throughout the championships at Wimbledon. An early round defeat to Britain’s Liam Broady meant that the Norwegian was free to do just that.

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Medvedev has decided to rest himself for the Canadian Open after the championships at Wimbledon. He made it a point to attend the Weeknd’s concert in London before heading elsewhere for a vacation.

There, taking an apparent dig at Ruud, he put up an Instagram story tagging Ruud, wondering whether the Norwegian was in attendance at the event too. “I’m sure Casper was somewhere in the crowd,” Medvedev wrote. Casper, however, reacted to the story by saying “I wish”, given how he was busy competing at the Swedish Open after Wimbledon.

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(L)Ruud reposted Medvedev’s Insta story (R) Daniil Medvedev (Credits: Tennis Majors/ Instagram)

Ruud is a self-proclaimed big fan of the Weeknd. Having attended one of his concerts in June last month when he was in Sweden, the Norwegian seems to not get enough of his favorite musician. Ruud has expressed his wish to attend another concert.

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Casper Ruud’s abysmal grass-court season

Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud (Credits: Wimbledon)

While his exploits in the clay court season were excellent, topped off by a consecutive finals appearance at Roland Garros, Ruud’s grass-court campaign is far from it. Ruud has himself admitted in several interviews that he considers grass to be his weakest surface and that he does not bother himself too much with his results on grass. He once famously joked, “Grass is for golfers.”

His lenient attitude towards grass has reflected in his track record. He bowed out in the second round at Wimbledon this year to journeyman Liam Broady, emulating his record from 2022. He had also famously decided not to participate in any warm–up events leading to Wimbledon.

While still a solid top-5 player, what Ruud lacks, and what’s stopping him from being a World No. 1 is his prowess on grass. Trying to be World No. 1 involves amassing rankings points from any given opportunity. While Ruud has a solid record on hardcourts and clay courts, he is not making the best use of grass, something the players above him in the rankings – Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, are diligently trying to do.

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With that being said, Ruud is going to have an uphill task for the next few months if he is to maintain his ranking. His US Open finals appearance last year saw him come as close as one match to attain the World No. 1 ranking. He was, however, bested by Carlos Alcaraz to become the youngest World No. 1 in tennis history.

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