On Wednesday, world No. 6 Casper Ruud, who has made it clear that the only thing he likes to do on grass is play 18 holes, will take on world No. 112 Ugo Humbert in the second round at Wimbledon. Ruud is coming off of a straight-set win over Albert Ramos Vinolas in his first match at the All England Club, but the Spaniard is a player that genuinely struggles to play at even a mediocre level when he’s not playing on clay. With that, Ruud couldn’t have possibly gotten a better match-up after losing his only ATP encounter on the surface leading up to Wimbledon (he also took part in the Hurlingham exhibition as part of his preparation).
Considering Ruud’s disdain for the grass, where he is just 3-4 in seven career contests, one has to think that Humbert is going to love his chances in this one. While the 24-year-old is a long way away from being the world No. 25, like he was back on June 21, 2021, the lefty is 15-11 in tour-level matches on grass. And when you look at the styles of play in this match-up, it isn’t hard to see why these players have such different records when playing on this unique surface.