According to reports out of Britain, the coaching partnership between Milos Raonic and John McEnroe may already be over, or at least on ice.
The BBC’s Tim Heman was quoted on air revealing that the two had split because of McEnroe duties with the BBC and ESPN. And that’s why McEnroe failed to show up for Raonic’s win today over Andreas Seppi.
“He’s not actually working with Raonic anymore because he’s got so many television commitments,” Henman said according to the National.
“It was only up until Sunday. But he’s still around, and anyone with McEnroe’s experience and grass-court knowledge to give a little bit of an insight into some of the tactical stuff… he’s not necessarily teaching Raonic how to hit new shots but how to piece it all together.”
Following his straight set win, Raonic addressed the report saying it wasn’t true.
“I was just told about it,” the Canadian said in press. “It’s inaccurate. He was there with me this morning. Obviously he’s trying to be there as much as he can. It depends what kind of commentating schedule he gets that day.
“For the first round, it worked out. Today it didn’t because I believe he was calling the first two matches on Centre Court.”
So is McEnroe more committed to commentating than to Raonic? We’ll find out more if McEnroe fails to show up for Raonic’s match tomorrow against American Jack Sock.
Raonic, who made the Wimbledon semifinals in 2014, did add that he had courted Richard Krajicek for the job before McEnroe, but it didn’t work out. Krajicek is now with Stan Wawrinka.
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