Sock Handed ATP Delray Title After Raonic Withdrawal
by Staff | February 26th, 2017, 3:59 pm

No. 3 seed Jack Sock was handed the Delray Beach Open title, his second title of the season, on Sunday when top-seeded Milos Raonic withdrew before taking the court citing a hamstring tear in his right leg.
“It’s very unfortunate for him and I hope he has a speedy recovery,” Sock said. “We’ve had a lot of good battles and I was looking forward to the challenge. I’d be a little more excited and full of energy if I had gone out and won it on court, but on the flip side, a title is a title.”

Sock in January won his first title of the season at the ASB Classic.

The American in the semifinals defeated fellow American Donald Young, and Raonic showed no ill effects in defeating Juan Martin del Potro.

“I’m sure Milos would have loved to play, but you’ve got to look ahead with some big tournaments coming up,” said Sock, who improved to an 11-1 win-loss record and will move to a career-high rank of No. 18. “If you try to play with something that’s tweaked or a little hurt, it can only get worse. I can speak from surgery that I had a few years ago with my pelvis. I played on it for five extra weeks and tore it completely.”

Raonic said he injured the hamstring chasing down a dropshot against Del Potro in the second set of their semifinal.

“I thought it might just be wear and tear, but I woke up this morning not really able to walk,” Raonic said. “We did about two hours of therapy this morning trying to calm it down and saw it wasn’t making much progress, so we came to the conclusion it was a hamstring strain.”

It has been an injury-filled season thus far for the big Canadian, who dealt with adductor injuries in January.

“I’ve been unfortunate with injuries and have been doing everything I can to prevent them,” he said. “It’s been three tournaments in a row where I’ve sustained some sort of muscle damage. And it’s disappointing for the sole fact that you’re one match away from a title. It’s not easy to accept.”

Both players are scheduled to play at the ATP event in Acapulco beginning Monday.

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8 Comments for Sock Handed ATP Delray Title After Raonic Withdrawal

sinha71 Says:

Milos defaulting a final pulls a “roger” seems he had a leg injury he was dealing with vs Delpo. Guess he was “injured”, not 100 %.

Except Milos was injured (pulling out of Acapulco next week) whereas Roger was “injured” at 2014 WTF (playing and winning Davis Cup less than a week later).

Wog Boy Says:

Just wait now, here he comes..:)

Humble Rafa Says:

Don’t know why. Sinha sounds like Skeeze or at least his disciple.

sinha71 Says:

Shame. Milos really playing some great tennis but injuries killing him. Bad.

sinha71 Says:

Raonic would have had a great shot at getting back to No. 3 this week. Hope he gets well in time for Indian Wells.

Wog Boy Says:

I am not big fan of Milos as a tennis player, but he is very improved player from what was he just two years ago and very nice and articulated young man. Pity his body is not made for consistent competing and suffering on the court and keeps breaking down and letting him down he needs it the most, at the tail end of tournament, pity:(

BBB Says:

Raonic has a lot of injuries. His body doesn’t really seem built for the game, in the end.

sinha71 Says:

BBB you are right. Despite all that he still manages to be No. 4 in the world.

He has been amazing to watch how he has hired the right people at the right time to improve different aspects of his game.

At first he just had a great serve and a horrible backhand.

But he has really improved his backhand, net play and much more consistent ground play under coaching from Galo Blanco, Piatti, McEnroe, Ljubicic, Moya and now Krajicek.

Moya really helped him with his mental strength but there is still ample room for improvement as he still gets tight at critical junctures which costs him dearly (like Nole before Becker).

He obviously needs someone to help him with his physical game to avoid injuries or at least minimize them (which I’m sure he must be trying already).

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