Former world No. 3 Milos Raonic isn’t ready to kick off his 2022 season in January as he has withdrawn from the Australian Open.
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Raonic has been plagued by injuries throughout his whole career but he hasn’t missed the Australian Open ever since he debuted at Melbourne Park in 2011.
Raonic’s best Australian Open result came in 2016, when he made the semifinal before losing to Andy Murray in five sets.
This year, Raonic made the Australian Open round-of-16.
Raonic was sidelined from March until returning to competitive action in July in Atlanta.
After losing his Atlanta opener, Raonic realized he wasn’t where he wanted to be so he skipped the rest of the season.
Raonic followed Leylah Fernandez, Felix Auger-Aliassime
While sidelined, Raonic followed fellow Canadians Fernandez and Auger-Aliassime.
Fernandez put up a stunning run at the US Open as she made the final before losing to Emma Raducanu.
Fernandez was ranked atound No. 70 in the world when she made her first Grand Slam final.
“It’s been incredible. It’s not just a magical run to play her first semifinal, it’s also the quality of player she’s been beating, the way she’s been beating them. There’s a lot of grit behind it,” Raonic said of Fernandez’s run.
Also, Raonic praised Auger-Aliassime for now having more variety in his game.
“Before he was very much into, ‘Hey, this is what I got to do & live & die by that,’ & sometimes matches don’t play out that way, there’s changes … he’s made opponent think more,” Raonic said of Auger-Aliassime.
Raonic, the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up, was honored be an inspiration to younger Canadian players.
“It’s one of those things that happens on its own … I tried to achieve my goals & to have that kind of positive ripple effect is probably one of my greatest honours,” Raonic said of his success being an inspiration to younger Canadian players.