Raonic’s Message To Bouchard: No One Will Remember Montreal, They’ll Remember The Slams!
by Tom Gainey | August 7th, 2014, 9:49 am

Following a tough third set tiebreak win over Jack Sock last night, big serving Canadian Milos Raonic offered some words of encouragement to his fallen countrywoman Eugunie Bouchard who was stunned Tuesday night under the weight of the expectations; and maybe gave a slight dig to the importance of these tournaments in his home country.

“I just wanted her to sort of forget it as quickly as possible,” Raonic said. “Grand scheme of things, whatever may happen, obviously you want to play well, but people, she will realize people are not going to remember Montreal. They’re going to remember at the end of this year Wimbledon, Paris, and Melbourne. Not Montreal.”

After losses by Bouchard and men’s No. 2 Vasek Pospisil, Canadian tennis was a on the brink of catastrophe yesterday but Raonic pulled out the match against the American Sock 46, 76(2), 76(4).

“I feel like there is a certain discomfort for him against me, but I’m sure he feels the exact same way,” said Raonic who also beat Sock last week en route to the Washington title. “I know I sort of have the edge on sort of getting over that hump when it comes to those tighter moments. I know no matter how bad things might be going, for us to get in that situation I can tip things in my favor.”

Raonic, a finalist at the Canadian Open last year, faces Julien Benneteau tonight in Toronto.

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11 Comments for Raonic’s Message To Bouchard: No One Will Remember Montreal, They’ll Remember The Slams!

MMT Says:

Sing it, sister!

Tennis Fan Says:

Canadian tennis “was not on the brink of catastrophe … just won DC last week … can’t you at least wait to see if Canada will be dropping any tournament through the rest of the year first ? haha

Tennis Fan Says:

… and Eugenie will win her first slam soon enough … Montreal if you didnt know it is not a Slam event.

roy Says:

davydenko got fined for something pretty similar, an honest appraisal of the hierarchy of the tournaments.

Adam Says:

man, if i was sock, that comment would annoy me…

Michael Says:

So does it mean that other tournaments including the Masters do not have significant value addition except for the majors ? In the race to become No.1, it is not only your performance at the majors, but also performance at other tournaments which could make or mar your career prospects and your ambition to become a top ranked player. If you gloss through Tennis history,you could see instances of players not even winning one major in a calendar year, but still went on to become No.1. Marcello Rios is the one player I could vividly recall as a testimony. So, this obsession and infatuation with majors being the sole compass of Greatness is a bit over stretched. In that case, what is the need for hosting other tournaments and the ATP awarding points in respective categories apart from majors ? They become literally meaningless in the overall scheme of things. To put it succinctly, majors are also important, but not the only important ones. The greatness of the player is measured by his overall success and accomplishments in every category of Tennis Professional circuit be it 250/500 or 1000.

Tennis Fan Says:

Good advice by Milos … “Eugenie don’t worry … be happy” you will win a Slam soon enough. … and you know what … this is GOOD ADVICE.

Hippy Chic Says:

I believe this was a knee jerk reaction to the loss,these players especially the top ones use these Masters tournies as tune ups for the GS,i dont personally believe he meant it to sound like merely a throw away tourney,which would be unwise if he is genuinly serious about becoming a top GS winning player?

Hippy Chic Says:

Tennis Fan respectfully disagree i dont think this is good advice,saying she will win a GS is all very well,but these things dont just happen overnight,you need hard work,discipline,and that will to succeed,none of the top players have ever got to the top,by saying sod for today….

Truthsquad Says:

That attitude by any player about the value of lesser tournaments really angers me. I guess if the players don’t believe any tournaments other than the Grand Slams matter, and nobody remembers them, maybe we shouldn’t pay attention to them either. Let’s not buy tickets, watch them on TV or live streams, support the sponsors, networks or web sites that show them. Why should I spend my hard earned money to put more coin into the pocket of a spoiled (yet unproven) athlete who already makes more in a year than I will in a lifetime? I will do my part and ignore the the rest of this tournament, and the average play and crappy attitude of players like Raonic….Or better yet, maybe I’ll only pay attention to major players who have actually won Grand Slams..I mean “in the Grand Scheme of things”, who really remembers players ranked outside of the top 5 who have yet to win a major title like anyway…. ;-)

Alexandra Says:

While it may be true that people remember the slams, masters tournaments aren’t unimportant. I’m sure the canadians approve that their tournament is not worth mentioning.

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