World No. 22 Milos Raonic has accepted a wildcard into the Atlanta Open. Raonic, a former world No. 3, is set to make his debut on the hard courts of Atlanta. Raonic, 30, hasn't played since March and the Miami Masters. Back then, Raonic suffered a third round loss to Pole Hubert Hurkacz.
“Milos is the consummate professional and a great addition to our player field,” said tournament director Eddie Gonzalez, per the ATP website. “His record speaks for itself and Atlanta tennis fans are in for a treat when Milos is on the court”.
Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock join Raonic
Raonic wasn't the only one who was awarded a wildcard as Kyrgios and Sock received a wildcard into the Atlanta doubles event. Kyrgios and Sock have had some success together, winning Lyon in 2018.
Kyrgios and Sock also made the Rome Masters semifinal in 2015 and also made the Madrid Masters semifinal in 2017. Last week, Sock captured his first doubles title since 2018 as he and William Blumberg won Newport. ”It means a lot,” Sock said after winning Newport.
“It has been an unfortunate two years, 2019 with the thumb surgery and then with Covid hitting, it has been an interesting couple of years. A lot of time to reflect and regroup. I feel better physically and mentally and am very excited to be back on tour, winning matches.
"My confidence is high right now. Not many people believed in me a couple of years ago. Hopefully it is just the beginning of the second half of my career." Blumberg, who was playing with Sock for the first time on the ATP Tour, enjoyed playing with his fellow compatriot.
“It is an honour to play with Jack and in front of my family, so that especially was just awesome. On top of that, to get a win, it has just been a great week," Blumberg said.