With a victory to his name against a Grand Slam champion already, Finland looks to have unearthed a tennis star. But here we look at Emil Ruusuvuori in more detail, including who his coach is.
As a junior, Ruusuvuori was ranked as high as world number four and he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open boys’ singles, the singles of the semi-finals of the US Open boys’ singles, and won the ITF Junior Masters.
Ruusuvuori has also had the honour of representing his country Finland in the Davis Cup, where he famously defeated the former US Open champion and two-time Roland Garros runner-up Dominic Thiem in straight sets, in a Davis Cup singles rubber.
En-route to the US Open semi-finals during his time on the junior circuit, Ruusuvuori beat Sebastian Korda and Sebastian Baez, two players who are currently competing in the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan.
That is a 21-and-under competition, therefore at the age of 22, Ruusuvuori was unable to compete in that tournament showpiece.
In 2019, Ruusuvuori made a huge surge up the ATP Rankings and after starting the year ranked 385, he went on to finish the calendar year ranked 123.
He also made and won his first challenger final in 2019, before going on to win three of four challenger finals.
In 2020, Ruusuvuori reached the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time on two occasions. But it was in 2021 where Ruusuvuori truly announced himself on the ATP Tour.
At the Miami Masters, Ruusuvuori beat the world number seven Alexander Zverev, where he reached the fourth round which was was his best result at a Masters 1000 event.
He went on to lose to Jannik Sinner in that tournament, but also showcased his ability to beat the emerging stars by ousting Spanish wonderkid Carlos Alcaraz in the opening round.
The Finnish sensation beat Cameron Norrie en-route to reaching the semi-finals in Atalanta before losing to Next Gen star Brandon Nakashima. He also reached the final four of the 2021 event in Winston-Salem.
In the first Grand Slam of the year, Ruusuvuori showed great willpower to outlast Gael Monfils in a five-set epic Down Under.
His exploits this year have seen him reach a career-high ranking of number 66 in the world.
Who is Emil Ruusuvuori’s coach?
Ruusuvuori began playing tennis at five-years-old after a tennis coach spotted him playing badminton with his mom, Eva, and convinced him to switch sports (ATP).
Emil Ruusuvuori’s coach is Italian Federico Ricci, who has been a coach since 2002 and formerly coached Ruusuvuori’s compatriot Jarkko Nieminen.
Ruusuvuori will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot Nieminen, who reached a career-high ranking of 13 in the world and won two singles titles.
Nieminen reached three Grand Slam quarter-finals during his career, but he lost twice in the last eight to Rafael Nadal and once to Lleyton Hewitt.
They are the standards and records that Ruusuvuori will be looking to match and surpass under the tutelage of Ricci.