The transition from clay to grass can be tough for even the most all-around players, but Casper Ruud hopes to make a better impression on his least familiar surface in 2022—despite earlier comments to the contrary.
Among the few Top 10 players neither injured nor facing the wrath of Wimbledon’s Russian-Belarusian ban, the Roland Garros runner-up will enjoy his first big chance to make a deep run at SW19. But back during the Miami Open, the avid golfer joked that the surface was hardly suitable for tennis.
“I think grass is for golf players,” Ruud said after reaching his first Masters 1000 final. “My preparation for Wimbledon is pretty much just playing golf, you know, before the tournament, because I feel more comfortable on the golf course than the tennis courts on grass for now. But let's see if it can change.”
The comment was reminiscent of a bygone era when clay-court specialists eschewed the grass season entirely. Most vocal at the time was former ATP No. 1 Marcelo Rios, who once declared, “grass is for cows.”
Ruud’s quote lit up social media in the wake of his runner-up finish at Roland Garros, leading the 23-year-old to address the matter on Twitter.