July 11, 2024

Open Court


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Milos Raonic tried to get healthy for two years, with little success.

And for the last nine months, he has been trying to get on the court – and STAY on the court. And that, too, has been a challenge.

But as the patriarch of the current tennis wave (who was to meet Rafael Nadal Thursday night but, after the Spaniard withdrew, now faces lucky loser Sumit Nagal instead) tries again at Indian Wells, he’s of the mind that the criticisms leveled at Canadian tennis with the struggles of the current crop are not only rough, but short-sighted.

Even as he, too, is surprised given the standard they set that Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov are having a rough time of it.

More with Milos here, in a piece for the Canadian Press. (Pic also by moi; click on the image below).

(With a few quotes from the young lads about staying patient and optimistic).

Raonic practices with Musetti

On Tuesday, when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, Raonic practiced with a shirtless Musetti.

He had only started playing points on court the previous day; he looked pretty good. Then again, he’s had plenty of practice at this.

And here’s Shapovalov, who was practicing with Brandon Nakashima on Tueday.

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