Casper Ruud reveals his plan after the 2023 Australian Open at Eurosport and criticizes the calendar: “It’s not healthy”

Casper Ruudwho has played for Norway the United Cup At this start of the season, he arrives at the Open the Australia with high hopes of winning his first Grand Slamafter having reached the final in two of his last three majors: Roland-Garros and the US Open.

An excellent 2022 season in which he showed his credentials as one of the best tennis players in the world. But there is concern about a possible exhaustion for this season since in the last two played 75 and 76 gamesrespectively.

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In addition, 2022 ended with an exhibition tour of South America with Rafael Nadal. This accumulation of games has led him to make the decision to stop during the month of February to carry out a small pre-season that will prepare him for the rest of the year, according to what he has told Eurosport Norway.

In a normal tennis calendar year, if you play a tournament every month, the season lasts 10 and a half months. It is not really healthy for the body at all“, he claimed.

There are no major tournaments in February and therefore I will use the time to train my physique and actually use that month as a kind of pre-season, which I would normally have in December.

A lot happened in December, including the trip to South America with Nadal. I tried to keep up, and I thought the Australian Open 2023 it would be the last tournament before taking a short break from the circuit. When I make the change I’m making, the season will be shortened to eight and a half months. that’s enough tooassured the Norwegian.

It will be exciting to see if it pans out, but it’s at least worth a try. When Indian Wells start at the beginning of March, I will be ready for a new year with many hectic months and tournaments in a row. It will be nice to be able to break the year a bit like this. I hope it’s a good recipe“, he insisted on the calendar.

Previously Ruud already commented on Eurosport I was thinking of playing fewer ATP 250 category tournaments.”I have managed to show that I can perform well at the highest level and that I will focus even more on the biggest tournaments.“, he affirmed. Which agrees with his strategy of reducing the calendar and focusing on what is most important.

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