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Casper Ruud opens up about texting Rafael Nadal, reports of him screaming in Holger Rune's face, and more

(Clockwise) Rafael Nadal, Holger Rune and Casper Ruud
(Clockwise) Rafael Nadal, Holger Rune and Casper Ruud

Casper Ruud recently revealed that he constantly keeps in touch with World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and a few other players, including Matteo Berrettini, Daniil Medvedev and Andy Murray. He also reflected on his fiery exchanges with Holger Rune in the 2022 French Open quarterfinals.

Ruud endured an early exit at the 2023 Australian Open, losing to Jenson Brooksby in the second round. The Norwegian has had an underwhelming start to the season so far.

Despite the setbacks though, Ruud set aside some time on Monday to communicate with his followers on social media. He enganged in a Q&A session with them and talked about his close friends from the tennis world.

"I text mostly with Rafa, Med, Matteo and Ymer brothers," tweeted Ruud in reply to a fan who asked about the players the Norwegian regularly texts.
@tennisalt I text mostly with Rafa, Med, Matteo and Ymer brothers

Ruud later added that he also chats with Andy Murray and World No. 6 Andrey Rublev.

"Oh and I forgot, also Andy some times!"
"Yes Andrey too, I actually texted him today when I think about it!," he wrote.
@tennisalt Oh and I forgot, also Andy some times!
@PatriciaSoll1 @tennisalt Yes Andrey too, I actually texted him today when I think about it!

One fan asked Ruud to clarify whether he had screamed "JAAAA" at Rune during last year's French Open, to which he replied:

"Sorry to disappoint but NOOOOOOOOO"
@slideonhard Sorry to disappoint but NOOOOOOOOO

Another user asked for Casper Ruud's opinion on implementing the 'one-serve' rule on the Tour. The 24-year-old replied that it would be "cool" to incorporate such a rule and suggested that there would be "less aces and more rallies" as a result.

"Good question! I think it would be cool and interesting to see a professional tournament where this rule was changed just to see how it would affect players and how the game is played. Less aces and more rallies probably," stated Ruud.
@DocBorelli Good question! I think it would be cool and interesting to see a professional tournament where this rule was changed just to see how it would affect players and how the game is played. Less aces and more rallies probably

Casper Ruud recently reflected on his unexpected loss to Jenson Brooksby

Casper Ruud at the BMW Open
Casper Ruud at the BMW Open

Casper Ruud also recently stated that he gave it his all during his second-round match against Brooksby at the Grand Slam Down Under. The 23-year-old did also admit, however, that he got broken too many times during the match and that cost him in the end.

Speaking to the press after the defeat, Ruud expressed that his opponent started the fourth set on a positive note which prevented him from getting back into the match.

"I had a poor start in the fourth, and then Jenson, you know, clipped some great returns, you know, clean return winners on my serves. Got a couple of breaks. I couldn't recover from that, unfortunately," he said.

He then went on to reflect on the aspects that cost him the match.

"I gave it my all, but in the fourth set especially wasn't enough. The first two sets were sort of closer, but I ended up getting broken a bit too many times. So that's something that was maybe the key to part of the reason why I lost today," added the Norwegian.

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Edited by Siddharth Dhananjay
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