‘I finally got it’ – Casper Ruud reveals he got Roger Federer’s telephone number, spurns dinner invitation
The Norwegian Casper Ruud has risen to a career high ranking of world No. 2 after his run to the final of the US Open, and is a team-mate of Roger Federer's at the Laver Cup. But until this week in London, Casper Ruud did not have the 20-time Grand Slam champion's phone number - though that did not stop the 23-year-old turning down a dinner invitation from Federer...
Ruud reveals how he 'finally' got Federer's phone number - before turning down dinner invitation
The star-studded team at captain Bjorn Borg's disposal notably includes the three most successful male tennis players of all-time (with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal joining the Swiss at the event), with Federer drawing particular attention as he prepares to retire from the sport after the event.
While Ruud's breakthrough 2022 has seen him firmly establish himself as one of tennis' potential next-generation stars, the Norwegian revealed on Eurosport's Ruud Talk that it was not until teaming up with the 20-time Grand Slam champion that he had Federer's phone number.
"As we are in the Laver Cup, we have a group chat on WhatsApp with the team," Ruud explained to Barbara Schett. "[So] I finally got Roger's phone number!
"It took some time but I have it now, so that was nice to get a message. He wrote us all a message welcoming us.
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"I saw him today outside and he came and congratulated me on the result. We talked a little bit. It is going to be fun to be around him and the other guys."
A week of festivities in London should leave Ruud and Federer with plenty of time to interact, but the 23-year-old had to turn down an offer of dinner with Federer and the rest of his colleagues having agreed to record Ruud Talk.
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Ruud explained to Schett: "You should feel honoured, actually.
"[Federer] asked us out for dinner, the team-mates, today at nine, and I said 'I would love to, but I have a podcast with Barbara!'
"I have dinner with them tomorrow and the day after, so I prioritised you this time, Barbara."
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