Casper Ruud (21) has made over 1.4 million NOK in prize money after only two matches in the US Open.
Lucrative days for the Norwegian tennis star in New York.
In two matches in the US Open, he has made 1,467,000 NOK.
If he secures a new victory against Italian Matteo Berrettini in the third round, he can add another 783,000 kroner to his pot.
The 21-year-old secured 550,000 kroner by merely entering the first round of the competition. A victory against Makenzie McDonald (USA) secured 350,000 kroner, and after beating Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori on Thursday, Ruud is ready for the third round.
On Saturday, the Norwegian tennis hopeful will face Italian Berrettini, ranked number eight in the world. Ruud says that it will be one of his toughest matches in his career, he says to NTB.
– I played against him in Roland Garros last year and won. It was probably one of the better games of my career. I have good memories of playing against Berrettini, but it will be a completely different match on Saturday, says Ruud.
– Berrettini made it to the semifinals of the US Open last year and is a big favorite. He is in the top ten in the world, so his self-confidence is high. It will definitely be one of my toughest opponents so far in my career. But I’m looking forward to it, the Norwegian continues.
If Ruud repeats result from the Roland Garros, he will secure NOK 2,250,000 in prize money. Even in a time of crisis, the organizer has managed to maintain 95 percent of the prize money budget from last year. The winner in singles for men and women will receive as much as 26.5 million NOK each.
Ruud is ranked 37th place in the world.
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