Casper Ruud superior to his first Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday at Roland Garros. It’s protected to say the Norwegian didn’t eat any tomato within the pre-match meal that helped gas him throughout the road.
On this version of ‘Meals Courtroom’, Ruud dishes on his favorite meal to cook dinner, his responsible pleasures, why he doesn’t eat tomatoes and extra.
Getting To Know… Casper Ruud
Let’s say it’s a must to cook dinner tonight, whether or not for your self or for mates. What would you cook dinner and why?
I’d go for spaghetti vongole. It’s an Italian pasta dish with clams from the ocean. I actually prefer it and it’s not too troublesome to make, really. It sounds a bit fancy, however it’s not troublesome in any respect.
How would you price your cooking abilities? Are you near a Michelin star?
No, I’m not a Michelin star. I’m far, distant from it. Most days in my 12 months I eat both in eating places or takeout. [I go to] eating places clearly once I’m out travelling and once I’m dwelling I attempt to do some home-made meals, however largely takeout as nicely.
What’s your responsible pleasure?
I like Asian meals, Asian flavours. Japanese and Thai. I actually like pad Thai. I all the time attempt to discover it every time I’m travelling round a spot that has nice pad Thai, which is a fairly easy noodle dish. However sushi can be one among my favourites, however I additionally must say Italian meals is on the highest there.
What do you eat proper earlier than a match and what number of hours earlier than the match do you eat it?
I all the time eat the identical for lunch or dinner earlier than a match. I eat a quite simple, plain rice with hen, some olive oil and salt. It looks as if a wise factor to do, it’s fairly simple and a few good carbohydrates if I’ve to play an extended [match]. It’s not an excessive amount of taste clearly, that’s why I add a bit of little bit of salt. Salt can be good for sweating rather a lot, which I do. I feel we discovered a great way to do it earlier than matches.
I all the time attempt to eat round an hour and a half or two hours earlier than the match in order that the meals has time to sink and I don’t really feel heavy or too full once I exit on court docket. After matches I attempt to have some protein and a few meals immediately, proper after the match.
What do you snack on throughout a match? Has that modified over time and if that’s the case, what did you used to eat?
I’ve some bars and a few gels and possibly a banana right here and there, however not sometimes. For best-of-five units sure, I’d take into account it extra, however not an excessive amount of I’d say.
The factor is that I’m sweating rather a lot, so if you’re sweating and your physique is scorching or heat from sweating, you don’t actually have the most important urge for food, so I discover it fairly laborious to eat throughout [a match]. However some bars and a few stuff is sort of easy. It has modified. Every thing has develop into more and more extra skilled for me now than let’s say 5 years in the past.
I’ve been fairly good with these routines and I all the time attempt to eat wholesome or as wholesome as I can. Clearly on match days, I attempt to hold it quite simple.
What may you eat throughout a non-tournament week that you just wouldn’t throughout a event?
I feel possibly I add a bit of bit extra dessert once I’m not in event weeks, however I’m fairly a easy man in terms of consuming. Asian and Italian meals is type of the place I spend most of my meals. Clearly typically I attempt to have some American meals, particularly [in the United States]. I’ll have some burgers or ribs. I all the time take pleasure in these issues, however not an excessive amount of. You can [feel] fairly heavy from it earlier than a match.
What’s one thing folks is likely to be stunned to listen to you take pleasure in?
I actually like mussels and clams, in order that’s not one thing that I feel everyone likes. However I’m fairly choosy on the similar time. I don’t eat tomatoes. I don’t discover them tasty in any respect. I do know tomato is in plenty of dishes, in order that’s a bit unlucky, however I’m fairly choosy. I don’t actually like mushrooms both. There are some issues that I attempt to avoid, however I’d say mussels and clams aren’t typical in my household to love, however I do.
What’s the greatest meal out of your tradition/nation?
I’d say that we’ve nice salmon, which is type of our delight. Our salmon is high notch, I feel. We don’t have many typical dishes which might be actually too good, however the salmon we take good delight in.
Is there one thing about your weight-reduction plan that you just may not have generally known as a junior that has actually helped you?
I feel I attempt to eat a bit of little bit of inexperienced every single day, both greens or salad. I really really feel it helps your physique. It’s simple, however on the similar time essential for the physique. I didn’t prefer it an excessive amount of once I was youthful, however fortunately I got here to love it a bit of extra as I’m getting older. My style is getting extra mature, so it’s simpler for me now to eat inexperienced stuff.
What’s your favorite place on Tour for meals?
Favorite place for meals? Ooh. We’re all the time very nicely taken care of, we’ve many choices. However I feel one of many tournaments that does unimaginable lunch and dinner is Vienna, the ATP 500 occasion. There you discover superb pasta, an excellent salad bar, good meat as nicely if you wish to have that. They do a really, superb job and I all the time take pleasure in Austrian meals with schnitzel and every part. I take pleasure in being there.
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