It’s been one injury after another for Milos Raonic. The big-serving Canadian had to withdraw from Miami yesterday do to continued issues with his hamstring. The same hamstring which kept him out of Indian Wells and forced him to also withdraw from the Delray Beach final.
“It’s related to the previous injury I sustained almost four weeks ago, if not a little bit more than four weeks ago, in Delray,” Raonic said after pulling out from his match against Jared Donaldson. “It’s the same muscle in the hamstring up high.
“It got progressively worse after my first round, after practicing yesterday, and it seemed like it was not possible for me to compete today without putting myself at significant risk.”
Raonic went on to say the last tournament he really felt 100% was way back at Wimbledon.
“It hasn’t been fun the last seven months,” he said. “I haven’t played one tournament form start to finish healthy. My goal for this tournament was to at least finish it healthy.
“I guess this is the closest at this point that I could. Obviously I think if it would be one match or a bit more time on court could have been a very different situation.”
And he now says he won’t return until his 100%.
“I think that that perspective is going to change to come back when I feel like I’m 100%. So I think that will — so that could be — who knows how long. That could be in two weeks; that could be a little bit longer.
“I honestly don’t know what’s up for me next as far as tournaments go,” the 26-year-old added. “The next goal is just going to be to come back at a 100%. Whenever that may be, I think my body is going to let me know when that moment is right.”
Raonic, who peaked at No. 3 in the rankings last fall and is currently No. 5, has Monte Carlo and Madrid quarterfinals points to defend ahead, plus fourth round at the French and finals at Wimbledon and Queen’s.
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