Emil Ruusuvuori will attempt to earn one of many greatest wins of his profession on Tuesday when he performs red-hot Russian Andrey Rublev within the second spherical of the Dubai Obligation Free Tennis Championships. The Finnish No. 1 has already upset a high star this 12 months when he ousted World No. 11 Gael Monfils within the first spherical of the Australian Open.
ATPTour.com caught up with Ruusuvuori to study extra in regards to the 21-year-old’s life on Tour.
What’s your craziest journey story?
I don’t have any that loopy in comparison with the older guys who’ve been on Tour for an extended time. One is after I received my first Challenger title in Uzbekistan [in 2019] and we needed to depart just about straight away from the ultimate. I performed and we took the identical taxi with my opponent to the prepare station and he forgot one thing on the lodge. He had to return and his taxi bought pulled over by police after which he barely made it to the prepare.
We didn’t have time to eat after the ultimate, so we ate some burger on the prepare in Uzbekistan. That was sort of loopy after a ultimate. I didn’t even actually have time to have fun, in order that was a particular story.
Do you take pleasure in travelling the world or think about it simply one thing that must be performed to be a professional tennis participant? In case you do take pleasure in it, what do you take pleasure in about travelling?
It has ups and downs, positives and negatives. In the mean time it’s not straightforward with all of the restrictions… You get to see so many locations, you get to satisfy so many individuals from completely different international locations and completely different backgrounds. I discover it attention-grabbing.
It will likely be good [once the pandemic is over]. Already there are some locations that that is the second or third time [I will] go, then you definitely get aware of the place and that’s at all times good. You’re feeling like you recognize the place and each time it’s not one thing new. There are such a lot of locations, even tournaments I haven’t been to. There’s way more to see.
What are two important non-tennis objects you at all times pack for journeys?
These days I’ve my PlayStation with me on a regular basis. We spend a lot time within the room, so now we have to have one thing else to do and it’s a enjoyable strategy to join with all my associates, play some video games and stuff. [I play] with individuals from house. Then [I take] earphones. I am at all times flying, so these have to be with me.
What’s your favorite event metropolis to go to and why?
I feel Melbourne is definitely one among my favourites. The town may be very good. It really works nicely there and from the winter in Finland to go there to the nice and cozy climate [is nice]. It’s actually far, you may’t go there too usually, however as soon as I get there that’s one among my favourites.
Is there a event you haven’t performed that you simply need to as a result of it’s a metropolis you need to go to?
I’ve heard rather a lot about Shanghai, in regards to the meals and lodge and all the pieces. That looks as if a fairly good event, in order that’s one I need to go to for positive.
The place is your favorite trip vacation spot?
I’ve rather a lot to discover nonetheless! Final 12 months we simply stayed in Finland, went to the north. Earlier than that we did go to California, however there are numerous locations that I wish to go to for trip. However there simply aren’t too many probabilities in the course of the 12 months.
Max two, usually one. You need to plan it nicely and see what you need to see. Possibly Maldives can be subsequent on the checklist. However for us, in case you’re on trip, then you definitely don’t actually need to do an excessive amount of. But when it wasn’t solely resting, there are a number of cities. Usually for us resting is the primary level of it, in order that for positive could be a great choice.
How do you attempt to overcome jet lag and acclimate to the native time zone?
I lately was in Kazakhstan for 4 days, and it’s solely 5 hours to Marseille [where I was last week]. However earlier than that I got here from Australia. I’m positive it’s simpler once you’re youthful, however nonetheless you are feeling it. On the way in which you both go along with the time of the vacation spot otherwise you simply go with out sleep for such a very long time that you simply’re so drained that you simply meet up with the jet lag and also you strive your finest.
Received any tricks to get snug on a flight? And the way do you move the time?
The purpose for positive is to play so nicely you can fly the lengthy ones at all times in enterprise. For Australia, we’ve been making an attempt to improve the lengthy flights. It’s a lot assist in the long term. Personally, I can’t actually sleep within the regular seat. It’s fairly horrible once you arrive. You attempt to improve so you may sleep usually. That I feel is a large benefit.
Are you somebody who will get to the airport with a lot of time to spare or do you narrow it advantageous?
It relies upon rather a lot the place you’re. In Finland we lower it shut each time as a result of there are not any individuals and when you’ve got a gold card, you may simply drop off your luggage. There we simply know the way lengthy it takes and we lower it actually shut.
Final time [I left Finland] I used to be going to Kazakhstan and there was extra of a queue than we thought, so we have been actually shut. However often it goes fairly quick. In some international locations you don’t need to lower it that shut and you’re taking the additional time.