September 21, 2023

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

If Milos Raonic’s return after nearly two years away came complete with some bumps in the grass last month, the best news is that he is indeed back.

And in less than two weeks, the 32-year-old Canadian is looking forward to playing at home in Toronto for the first time in five years, then Cincinnati, and then the US Open.

If we missed enjoying him compete, our chat with him today via Zoom was a reminder of how edifying a conversation with him is (especially the topics broached before the “record” button got hit 😉).

He engages – trust, this is NOT the norm in our business – and he’s forthcoming. And he usually ends up making you consider situations you sort of thought you had a handle on through a vastly different prism. That’s gold.

Raonic is currently a train ride away from Arthur Ashe Stadium, hitting with some college players and getting ready to take on the hard courts. He said the physical issues that came up on the grass have healed. And he’s eager to get to Toronto in a few days, see his family and prepare for his long-awaited return to Aviva Stadium.

We also talked about … steak. Lots and lots of steak. Far too much steak – for the win.

Kids, don’t try that one at home.

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