Milos Raonic Pulls Out Of The French Open Due To Injury

It will be a disappointing Grand Slam for Canadian tennis fans this week.  Despite promising odds of contending at Roland Garros, Milos Raonic officially withdrew from the major due to a nagging injury.

Raonic was on a high in the first half of the season, rising through the ATP rankings to fourth place following the Madrid Open.  At that time, he trailed only Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray on the official ATP world rankings.

But during his quarterfinal clash with Murray in Madrid, Raonic strained a nerve in his left foot that may have impacted his game in that match.  Murray advanced to the semis and eventually won the Madrid Open, while Raonic confirmed his plans to sit out the remaining tournaments ahead of the Grand Slam.

Canadians were betting that Raonic would be healthy enough to make the trip to Roland Garros, but it was not to be.  The 24 year old sent out a message to his followers on Twitter confirming he will skip the French Open, and prepare to come back stronger than ever in time for Wimbledon.

 

With Raonic out of the tournament, Canadians will be betting their hopes on Vasek Pospisil, the country’s second men’s tennis star, along with Eugenie Bouchard in the women’s singles.

Pospisil has had a successful year as a doubles player, rising to fifth in the world earlier this year.  But his singles record, aside from a third round bout in the Australian Open, has not been that impressive.

Bouchard has had a very difficult start to the season, winning only one of her last eight professional matches.  If she finds her form again at Roland Garros, Genie will need to prepare for a possible semifinal showdown with Serena Williams, the number one bet to win the women’s singles.