Breakthrough tennis star Kasperud is off the market.
No. 1 player and one of the stars of Netflix’s new tennis documentary breakpoint, has been dating his girlfriend Maria Galligani since 2018. Over the years, the young couple from Norway have traveled the world together to compete with Ruud, and Galligani has been by his side as his boyfriend climbs the world rankings.
Luther’s career will peak in June 2022 when he reaches his first Grand Slam final at the French Open. Although he ultimately lost his match against idol Rafael Nadal, the match saw him enter Wimbledon in 2022 as the No. 3 seed.
Galligani, of course, stood in the stands at Wimbledon to support her boyfriend. Ruud won the first round but was upset by unseeded Frenchman Hugo Humbert in the second round. Gary Gani will cheer on Luther again at the US Open in September 2022, and the tennis pro has a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world.
While Ruud and Galligani have kept a low profile, the tennis star has occasionally posted sweet tributes to his supportive girlfriend on Instagram.
Here’s everything you need to know about Maria Galligani and her relationship with Casper Ruud.
she is norwegian
Like Ruud, Galligani is also from Norway, and the couple currently lives in Oslo.
According to her LinkedIn profile, she studied at Oslo Nye Høyskole from 2017 to 2020, where she earned a degree in psychology. In 2022, a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern Denmark. She also worked for a sports nutrition company.
She started dating Ruud in 2018
While it’s unclear when they started dating, the couple went public with their relationship in 2018. That November, after their trip to London and Paris, Ruud posted his first photo with Galligani on Instagram.
Ruther made his Grand Slam debut earlier that year at the Australian Open, making him the first Norwegian to qualify for a Grand Slam main draw in 17 years. He was eliminated in the second round.
she is a supportive girlfriend
Galligani regularly watched Luther play from his family box and supported him in reaching some of the biggest milestones of his career.
She was there when Ruud won the Generali Open in 2021, posing with him on the court as he held the trophy. In the 2022 season, Galligani cheered on Luther at Wimbledon and the US Open, where she and Luther’s sister sat in the stands. The couple then headed to London for the 2022 Laver Cup, where they smiled together on the red carpet on opening night of the tournament.
she likes to travel
Backing Ruud in his various games means Galligani is a world traveler. From Paris to London to Monte Carlo, the couple enjoyed exploring the cities where Luther played.
In September 2022, Ruud and Galligan travel to New York City for the Vogue World Fashion Show. Ruud posted a photo of the event on Instagram, showing Galligani in a floor-length blue dress and himself in a velvet blue suit.
she is a dog mother
Ruud and Galligani have an adorable Malshi puppy named Bajas Galligani Ruud. According to the dog’s Instagram account, Bajas was born on December 10, 2020, and the couple appears to have gotten him in early January 2021.
Luther and Galligani have posted plenty of photos with Bajas over the years, sometimes taking him on adventures, like in July 2021 when Luther took him to the Swedish Open.
“Take your kids to work,” the tennis star wrote in a video of him posing on court with Bajas and Gary Gani. In December 2022, Ruud posted a sweet family photo of him, Galligani and Bajas standing in front of the Christmas tree.
Ruud paid tribute to her on Instagram
Ruud often posts loving photos of him and Galligani on Instagram, from their various travels or celebrations. On Valentine’s Day 2022, Ruud posted a photo of the couple in formal attire with the caption: “🌹My Valentine’s Day every day 😍 See you soon ❤️.”
Galligani gave back on her own profile, even though it’s currently set to private. After Luther took part in the U.S. Open, she posted a message of support, complete with a photo of the couple.
“Proud of you, my love and your amazing team,” she wrote in the post per Tennis Tonic.
she likes to play golf
Besides tennis, Ruud is also an avid golfer, and it appears he got his girlfriend into the sport as well. Before going public on Instagram, Galligani posted several photos of herself golfing on her page, including a cute photo of Ruud teaching her how to swing.
In April 2022, Luther joked about playing golf with Nadal. “He’s a very, very tough competitor,” Rudd told the ATP. “Honestly, it’s kind of hard to play with him because he’s so focused and doesn’t talk much. Usually on the golf course, you laugh a little bit and make jokes. With him, it’s not a joke.”
she was close to luther’s family
Galligani appears to be close to Luther’s family, including his sisters Caroline and Charlotte. She sat with them in Luther’s family box at many games and posed for pictures with the family after he won.