Nomadic life with … Emil Ruusuvuori | ATP go to
Emil Ruusuvuori will search for one of many largest victories of his profession on Tuesday when he takes on scorching Russian Andrey Rublev within the second spherical of the Dubai Responsibility Free Tennis Championships. The Finnish No.1 has already upset a giant star this yr by ousting world No.11 Gael Monfils within the first spherical of the Australian Open.
ATPTour.com caught up with Ruusuvuori to search out out extra concerning the 21-year-old’s life on tour.
What’s your craziest journey story?
I haven’t got one which loopy in comparison with the older guys who’ve been on tour for longer. The primary is after I gained my first Challenger title in Uzbekistan [in 2019] and we needed to depart nearly instantly after the ultimate. I performed and we took the identical taxi with my opponent to the station and he forgot one thing on the lodge. He needed to go house and his taxi was stopped by the police, then he barely received to the prepare.
We did not have time to eat after the ultimate, so we ate a burger on the prepare in Uzbekistan. It was a bit loopy after a remaining. I did not even actually have time to have fun, so it was a particular story.
Do you get pleasure from touring the world or do you see it as one thing that have to be accomplished with a purpose to be knowledgeable tennis participant? In the event you prefer it, what do you prefer to journey?
There are ups and downs, positives and negatives. In the intervening time, it is not straightforward with all of the restrictions… You see so many locations, you meet so many individuals from totally different international locations and totally different backgrounds. I discover that attention-grabbing.
that shall be good [once the pandemic is over]. There are already locations the place it is the second or third time [I will] come on, so that you get to know the place and it is at all times good. You’re feeling like you recognize the place and each time it is not one thing new. There are such a lot of locations, even tournaments I have never been to. There’s way more to see.
What are two non-tennis necessities that you just at all times take with you in your travels?
As we speak I’ve my PlayStation with me on a regular basis. We spend a lot time within the room so we’ve to have one thing else to do and it is a enjoyable option to talk with all of my pals, play video games and stuff. [I play] with individuals again house. Then [I take] headphones. I am nonetheless flying, so these have to be with me.
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What’s your favourite event metropolis to go to and why?
I believe Melbourne is definitely one among my favorites. The town could be very fairly. It really works properly there and from winter in Finland to go in heat climate [is nice]. It is actually far, you’ll be able to’t go too typically, however as soon as I am there it is one among my favorites.
Is there a event you have not performed that you just wish to as a result of it is a metropolis you wish to go to?
I’ve heard loads about Shanghai, the meals, the lodge and all the pieces. It seems to be like a very good event, so it is a event that I undoubtedly wish to go to.
What’s your favourite trip vacation spot?
I nonetheless have loads to discover! Final yr we simply stayed in Finland, we went to the north. Earlier than that we went to California, however there are various locations I wish to go on trip. However there are simply not too many probabilities in the course of the yr.
Max two, usually one. It’s a must to plan it properly and see what you wish to see. Possibly the Maldives shall be subsequent on the listing. However for us, if you happen to’re on trip, you do not actually wish to overdo it. But when it wasn’t simply relaxation, there are a number of cities. Usually for us relaxation is the primary level, so that may undoubtedly be a great choice.
How do you attempt to overcome jet lag and acclimatize to the native time zone?
I just lately spent 4 days in Kazakhstan, and there are solely 5 hours left in Marseille [where I was last week]. However earlier than that, I got here from Australia. I am certain it is simpler once you’re youthful, however you continue to really feel it. On the best way, you both maintain monitor of the time on the vacation spot or go sleepless for therefore lengthy that you just’re so drained that you just meet up with the jet lag and do your finest.
Do you’ve got any ideas for getting snug on a flight? And the way do you spend the time?
The objective, in fact, is to play so properly you can drive the longs that are nonetheless lively. For Australia we’ve tried to improve the lengthy flights. It’s so helpful in the long term. Personally, I can not actually sleep within the regular seat. It is fairly horrible once you arrive. You attempt to improve in an effort to sleep usually. I believe this can be a large benefit.
Are you somebody who arrives on the airport with a number of time to spare or do you do it proper?
It relies upon loads on the place you might be. In Finland we shut it each time as a result of there is no such thing as a one there and if in case you have a gold card you’ll be able to simply drop off your baggage. There we simply understand how lengthy it takes and we minimize it very shut.
Final time [I left Finland] I used to be going to Kazakhstan and there was extra line than we thought so we had been actually shut. However typically it goes fairly rapidly. In some international locations you do not wish to minimize it so shut and you are taking the additional time.