There have been multiple great tennis players from Scandinavia competing on the ATP Tour over the years, but funnily enough, they all came from Sweden. Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, and Stefan Edberg were enormously successful, but in the 21st century, we haven't seen a successful Scandinavian for a long time.
That's why it was also a bit surprising when two major talents emerged from the region at the same time, and on top of that, none of them was from Sweden. Holger Rune is arguably the best male tennis player to ever come from Denmark, while the same applies to Casper Ruud in Norway.
Apart from being from Scandinavia, the two have a few more things in common, one of them is that their surname starts with letters R and U, and another is that it has only four letters, and therefore, some tend to mistake Rune and Ruud.
Yet, it's funny when it happens to someone, who should probably know who he's talking to. That exactly happened at the 2023 Swiss Indoors in Basel, where Rune was competing Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
It was a victorious match for the young Dane, but the match also featured a funny moment when the 20-year-old talked to the umpire, Damien Dumusois. Discussing Rune's time violation, the umpire said: "Most of the time, you are good, Casper."
Most probably, he has mistaken the young Dane for Casper Ruud. It was at that moment that Rune seemed to be really stunned by what he heard, and responded only shortly: "I'm not Casper."
Despite winning that match, the youngster then lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semifinals. Now, Rune will move to the French capital for the 2023 Paris Masters, and the umpire Dumusois will hope that Rune and Ruud won't meet on the court, because if he was to umpire that match, it may produce even more funny moments.