After withdrawing from the Rome Masters, Milos Raonic will undergo foot surgery later this week. The Canadian star has long suffered from a chronic pinched nerve in his right foot, and after injury flared up again this clay season (he withdrew from Barcelona), he’s decided to have the surgery and hope to be ready for the French Open.
I will be undergoing surgery to repair a nerve in my right foot. I withdrew from Rome to be ready to compete as soon as possible.
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) May 9, 2015
According to his spokesman, Raonic’s attempts to treat the injury – like stepping on a tack with each step – but was unsuccessful, so surgery this week is the option.
Recovery is expected from 10 days to two weeks, putting the 24-year-old ace right on the edge of the French Open where he made the quarterfinals last year.
After a quarterfinal in Madrid (Raonic played because he couldn’t have surgery until this week anyway), Raonic is ranked a career-high No. 4 this week.
Raonic has only missed one Grand Slam in his career (the 2011 US Open) and Rome is the first Masters events he’s skipped since 2011 Cincinnati.
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