Give him credit, Milos Raonic is doing everything he possibly can to become the best tennis player he can be. The Canadian began the year hiring former No. 1 and Grand Slam champion Carlos Moya. And now, he’s added John McEnroe to the team as he heads to Wimbledon.
“It’s a great honour and there’s a lot I want to achieve,” said Raonic. “I’m maybe far from it today, but I feel like I’m a lot closer and I’m going to try to do everything I can to sort of maximise giving myself the opportunity to achieve those goals.
“At the end of the day of the day, every coach I have is to some extent an adviser, and it is my job personally, out of everything I hear, to weigh what it’s worth and weigh what is best for me. I’m the CEO of the Milos Raonic Tennis. That’s it… I know everybody I have around me wants to help me to the fullest.
“It’s not a focus for just Wimbledon. It’s John coming along to help me improve in general.”
With McEnroe watching from the stands for the first two sets, Raonic suffered a shock loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas Saturday in the French Open third round. But he went into why he hired the controversial McEnroe who been part of the coaching community.
“I was sort of just looking for another set of eyes to be a bit more efficient on grass, and I think people are seeing it as just for grass,” Raonic said. “It’s about generally improving. I want to improve coming forward and I want to improve putting more pressure on my opponents.
“I feel like I was a lot more efficient at the beginning of the year coming forward, and it’s something that I would like to put a lot of attention to. It just works out with grass that’s probably the thing that will benefit me the most. Now, in the three weeks leading to Wimbledon, we are going to work, and really put some attention to that.”
McEnroe, who is also at the French working television including NBC, spoke about his new role with the New York Times.
“It doesn’t seem like he’s been able to do as well as certainly someone with his game could do, and I think he could win it,” McEnroe told the paper. “Hopefully I can add that little bit and give him a little bit better understanding of how to take advantage of his attributes, his size. He’s a big strong, great, dedicated and smart kid.”
Raonic and McEnroe will officially debut in two weeks on the grass at Queen’s Club.
As for the loss to Ramos-Vinolas, Raonic said, “I had a simple task out there to try to find a way to win and I wasn’t able to find that today.”
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