Casper Ruud has retaliated against Holger Rune, who accused him of shouting in his face in the locker room after their quarter-final match at the French Open. On the court, Rune appeared to order his own mother to leave the stadium, causing a scuffle. Ruud allegedly taunted the Dane after the contest, according to the Dane. Also, after the game, Rune was hesitant to shake the Norwegian’s hand as well.
“I didn’t want to give him a hug after the match. He got a high-five and then I just had to get away from him”, Rune told Danish daily Ekstra Bladet, explaining his post-match reaction. With a locker room brawl, Rune thought Ruud had passed the line.
“He just went straight up to me and shouted ‘YEEEESSSS’ right up in my face. You can cheer on the court all you want and be happy. I do that myself when I win. But that’s such bad style. Have some respect,” Rune said of Casper Ruud.
“It’s a shame that he comes up with all these lies against me”- Casper Ruud
In a Eurosport Norway interview, Casper Ruud accused Holger Rune of lying, as their French Open war of words heated up during a tense Roland-Garros quarter-final on Wednesday. “No, what he says is wrong,” Ruud told Eurosport. “What he says is really not what happened. We both were in the dressing room after the match, and it’s obviously a huge dressing room. There are many players, so we were just in our own part of the room all the time.”
“I took an ice bath, ate some pizza and listened to music, before we went home. While Holger sat in his part of the dressing room. How he creates the story of me shouting ‘YES’ straight into his face is just a lie. It never happened. Its a big lie. It’s disappointing that he creates lies about me. For me it doesn’t matter if he thinks I am a player who doesn’t follow the fair play rules, that’s not really what matters. That’s his personal opinion, but to put out lies about me like this is not right. I really wish this is the last time he will do something like this, “ Ruud added.
Casper Ruud went on to say that while he understands that some players are more emotional than others, he was taken aback by what he called lies directed at him and his family. “I understand that some players are more emotional than others, and I am as well sometimes. He is obviously someone who plays with many emotions involved. I am not surprised about that, but it’s a shame that he comes up with all these lies against me and my family.”