Casper Ruud opens up on demands of Tour, change he plans to make

Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud, 23, acknowledged that the Tour can be very demanding at times as he has indicated that he will try to adjust his schedule to play fewer tournaments starting from 2023.

Entering this week, Ruud appeared in 59 matches this year – only nine players have played more matches this season than the Norwegian. 

Ruud, who made two Grand Slam finals this year, looked a bit exhausted in the tournaments that he played after the US Open. 

“It has been very busy at times. I’ve learned that too many consecutive weeks of tournaments can become difficult. The Laver Cup for example, with that set-up, I couldn’t say no to. So of course I had to play there, even though maybe I should have rested,” Ruud told Eurosport. 

Ruud admits playing in Asia was probably a mistake

After witnessing Roger Federer’s retirement at the Laver Cup, Ruud hopped on a plane and went to Asia.

In Asia, Ruud went just 1-2, having suffered shock defeats in Seoul and Tokyo to Yoshihito Nishioka and Jaume Munar, respectively. 

“When I was in Asia, I probably felt that I was a little tired. It probably came from a lot of bad sleep and jet lag. So it was difficult to get into a good rhythm in the tournaments,” Ruud explained. 

Going forward, Ruud will probably make little tweaks to his schedule as he now understands that playing too much can have negative consequences on his play and results.

“There will probably be a little fewer next year, considering the number of tournaments in a row. We’ll see what happens then. There may not be a full reassessment, but possibly slightly fewer tournaments on the calendar. The goal is to play a little fewer tournaments, because that means that things go a little better in the big tournaments,” Ruud revealed.