Liberal Arts Blog — Almost — Caspar Ruud, 23, Norwegian, Ons Jabeur, 28, Tunisian

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Today’s Topic: Almost — Caspar Ruud, 23, Norwegian, Ons Jabeur, 28, Tunisian

The greatest Tunisian tennis player in history is Ons Jabeur, who made the Women’s Finals at both Wimbledon and the US Open this year and is ranked #2 in the world behind Iga Swiatek, 21, of Poland. The greatest Norwegian player in history is Caspar Ruud who made the Men’s Finals at both the French Open and the US Open and is ranked #2 in the world behind Carlos Alcaraz, 19, of Spain. Will they ever defeat their younger rivals? Today, a few more details on Jabeur, Ruud, and Swiatek. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.


  1. Winner of three WTA singles titles.

2. Lost to Elena Rybakina, a Russian-Khazakstani player, in the 2022 Wimbledon Final in three sets: 3–6, 6–2, 6–2

3. Lost to Iga Swiatek, in 2022 US Open Final, 6–2, 7–6.

NB: Born in a small town in Tunisia, she is known for her happy disposition. Her nickname is “Minister of Happiness.”


1. Lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2022 French Open Final: 6–3,6–3,6–0.

2. Lost to Carlos Alcaraz in the 2022 US Open Final, 6–4, 2–6, 7–6, 6–3.

3. “I’m disappointed of course, that I’m not number one, but number two isn’t too bad.”

NB: His father, Christian Ruud, was a professional tennis player who peaked at №39 in the world rankings, and was the highest ranked Norwegian player in tennis history, until his son surpassed him.

IGA SWIATEK — in elite company

1. Only Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, and Chris Evert were younger when they won the French Open for the second time.

2. Her 37 match winning streak earlier this year was the longest in the WTA since Venus Williams in 2000.

3. She hits her forehand with extreme topspin — comparable to that of her idol — Rafa Nadal — 3453 rpm at the French Open.

Ons Jabeur — Wikipedia

Quote of the Month:

“The single biggest challenge in communication

is the illusion that it has taken place.”

(William H. Whyte, author of The Organization Man” (1956)

For the last four years of posts organized by theme:

PDF with headlines — Google Drive


#1 A graphic guide to justice (9 metaphors on one page).

#2 “39 Songs, Prayers, and Poems: the Keys to the Hearts of Seven Billion People” — Adams House Senior Common Room Presentation, 11/17/20


Please share the coolest thing you learned this week related to sports, dance, fitness. Or the coolest thing you learned about Sports, Dance, of Fitness in your life — whether on the field, on the dance floor or in the gym, whether from a coach, a parent, a friend, or just your own experimentation.

This is your chance to make some one else’s day. Or even change their life. It’s perhaps a chance to put into words something you have never articulated before. And to cement in your own memory something cool you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply than otherwise about something dear to your heart.