Casper Ruud superior to his first Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday at Roland Garros. It is protected to say that the Norwegian did not eat any tomatoes on the pre-match meal that helped him cross the end line.
On this version of ‘Meals Courtroom’, Ruud talks about his favourite meals to prepare dinner, his responsible pleasures, why he does not eat tomatoes and extra.
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To illustrate you need to prepare dinner tonight, both for your self or on your mates. What would you prepare dinner and why?
I might go for the spaghetti vongole. It’s an Italian pasta dish with sea clams. I actually prefer it and it is not too laborious to do, truly. It sounds a bit fancy, however it’s not troublesome in any respect.
How would you charge your culinary abilities? Are you near a Michelin star?
No, I’m not a Michelin star. I’m far, distant from that. Most days of the yr as in eating places or takeaway. [I go to] Eating places clearly once I’m touring and once I’m at dwelling I attempt to make some dwelling cooked meals, however largely additionally takeaways.
What’s your responsible pleasure?
I like Asian meals, Asian flavors. Japanese and Thai. I actually like pad thai. I all the time attempt to discover it at any time when I journey to a spot that has glorious pad thai, which is a reasonably easy noodle dish. However sushi can be one among my favorites, however I additionally should say that Italian meals is on the high there.
What do you eat simply earlier than a recreation and what number of hours earlier than the sport do you eat it?
I all the time eat the identical factor for lunch or dinner earlier than a recreation. I eat a quite simple rice with hen, somewhat olive oil and salt. Looks as if a wise factor to do, it is fairly simple and a few good carbs if I’ve to play lots [match]. It isn’t an excessive amount of taste clearly, that is why I add somewhat salt. Salt can be good for sweating lots, which I do. I believe we discovered a great way to do it earlier than video games.
I all the time attempt to eat about an hour and a half to 2 hours earlier than the sport in order that the meals has time to sink in and I do not really feel heavy or overly full once I stroll out on the court docket. After video games I attempt to have some protein and a few meals immediately, proper after the sport.
What snacks throughout a match? Has that modified through the years 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 might contemplate it extra, however I might say not an excessive amount of.
The factor is, I am sweating lots, so if you’re sweating and your physique is sizzling or heat from sweating, you do not actually have a lot of an urge for food, so it is fairly laborious for me to eat throughout [a match]. However some bars and a few issues are fairly easy. Has modified. All the things has grow to be increasingly more skilled for me now than, say, 5 years in the past.
I’ve behaved fairly properly 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 maintain it quite simple.
What might you eat throughout a non-tournament week that you simply would not eat throughout a match?
I believe possibly I add somewhat extra dessert once I’m not in match weeks, however I am a reasonably easy man in relation to consuming. Asian and Italian meals is the place I spend most of my meals. Clearly, generally I attempt to eat some American meals, particularly [in the United States]. I will have some burgers or ribs. I all the time get pleasure from these issues, however not an excessive amount of. You could possibly [feel] fairly heavy earlier than a match.
What’s one thing that individuals may be shocked to listen to you get pleasure from?
I actually like mussels and clams, so I believe it is not one thing that everybody likes. However I’m fairly demanding on the similar time. I do not eat tomatoes. I do not discover them tasty in any respect. I do know tomato is in a variety of dishes, so it is a bit unlucky, however I am fairly choosy. I do not actually like mushrooms both. There are some issues that I attempt to steer clear of, however I might say mussels and clams aren’t typical in my household, however I do like them.
What’s the finest meals in your tradition/nation?
I might say that we now have an incredible salmon, which is a little bit of our pleasure. Our salmon is high notch, I believe. We do not have many typical dishes which are truthfully too good, however the salmon we’re happy with.
Is there one thing in your eating regimen that you could be not have often called a junior that has actually helped you?
I believe I attempt to eat somewhat little bit of inexperienced day-after-day, whether or not it is greens or salad. The truth is, I really feel prefer it helps your physique. It’s simple, however on the similar time crucial for the physique. I did not prefer it an excessive amount of once I was youthful, however fortunately I began to love it a bit extra as I received older. My style is getting extra mature, so it is simpler for me to eat inexperienced issues now.
What’s your favourite place on the Tour to eat?
Favourite place to eat? Oh. We’re all the time very properly taken care of, we now have many choices. However I believe one of many tournaments that does wonderful lunches and dinners is Vienna, the ATP 500 occasion. There you discover excellent pasta, a great salad bar, good meat too if you wish to eat that. They do a really, excellent job and I all the time get pleasure from Austrian meals with schnitzel and all. I get pleasure from being there.