Norwegian advanced in the French Open

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Casper Ruud is only 19 years old but he managed to advance on Monday in the prestigious French Open tennis tournament. “This is huge,” exclaimed his Facebook page, and Norwegian media seemed to agree.

Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud has made his debut at the French Open, and survived the first two rounds. PHOTO: Facebook

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) wrote that the young man representing the Snarøya Tennis Club located just west of Oslo almost seemed to be losing against Australia’s Jordan Thompson, who’s ranked 66 places above Ruud. A “heroic” performance nonetheless led to him advance in the Grand Slam tournament.

“It was a tough match that was hanging by a thread,” Ruud told NRK after what many were calling a “sensational” victory late Monday afternoon. “But it ended up that I was strongest. It was extremely wonderful to win, especially such a physical match as that.”

Ruud, making his debut on the Grand Slam circuit after a strong performance at the Australian Open, gave spectators a thrilling match. He began strongly, winning two straight sets. But Thompson fought back in the third set, winning 6-2.

“It was a strange match,” Ruud said. “I took the two first sets quite easily and steered the fight, but then he managed to step up while I fell a bit too far back.”

The fourth set was even, but the five-year-older Thompson showed som brilliance with the ball and won the set 6-4. A fifth set was needed to determine the winner in Paris.

Ruud said he was encouraged by all his family and friends in the stands. “Lots of Norwegians have made the trip here to cheer, and that of course helps,” Ruud told NRK. “It’s farther to travel to Paris for an Australian, so that was probably an advantage for me.”

Ruud was thus cleared for another round in Paris, against Albert Ramos-Vinolas, ranked 36th. Ruud was ranked 158th as of May 21st.

newsinenglish.no staff