Milos Raonic makes radical move after likely feeling 'disrespected' by Wimbledon

Raonic didn't get a Wimbledon main draw wildcard so he decided not to try his luck through the qualifying.

by Dzevad Mesic
Milos Raonic makes radical move after likely feeling 'disrespected' by Wimbledon
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Milos Raonic is out of the Wimbledon qualifying and tennis fans suspect the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up not receiving a main draw wildcard by the Wimbledon organizers led to the Canadian feeling disrespected and making that decision. 

After struggling with numerous injuries over the last couple of years and not playing much, Raonic didn't manage to reach the Wimbledon main draw directly since his current ranking of No. 157 in the world isn't good enough for him to be making Slams or Masters directly. 

But since Raonic had some strong Wimbledon results in the past - a 2016 Wimbledon final and a 2014 Wimbledon semifinal - the belief was that he had good chances of getting a wildcard. But not only that Raonic didn't get one, but 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem and former world No. 8 Diego Schwartzman were also snubbed. 

After not being named on the initial Wimbledon wildcard list that featured seven players, Raonic also didn't get the last wildcard. On Sunday, Wimbledon announced that British world No. 245 Charles Broom got the final main draw wildcard - after the news dropped, the Canadian former world No. 3 withdrew from the Wimbledon qualifying. 

All of this also comes just days after Raonic set a new record for the most aces in a best-of-three set match after firing 47 aces in a 6-7 (6) 6-3 7-6 (9) win over Cameron Norrie. 

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Milos Raonic © Getty Images Sport - Luke Walker

What Raonic said about Wimbledon after his last year's loss?

After not being able to compete at Wimbledon for a couple of years due to multiple injuries, Raonic returned to The All England Club last summer. The Canadian made a winning start after beating Dennis Novak in the first round but then his run ended in his following match against Tommy Paul.

Since it was Raonic's just second tournament after returning from a two-year absence and he was still dealing with a shoulder issue, he hinted that he was maybe playing his final Wimbledon.

"Good chance that it’s probably my last time coming out here," Raonic said after his 2023 Wimbledon loss. 

Then, Raonic had the biggest possible praise for Wimbledon as a tournament. 

"I, personally, appreciate it more than any other tournament. It’s just a wonderful place to be," Raonic said 12 months ago.

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Milos Raonic © Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

After delivering some selected words on Wimbledon, the 33-year-old admitted he was disappointed because his return to The Championships didn't go without him experiencing pain.

“A lot. I just wish I was a little bit healthier, between my knee and shoulder. It is what it is," Raonic said.

“I was very lucky with it yesterday. I really struggled with it last night, trying to get it ready for today. I tried to just deal with it as much as I could.”

Raonic also recounted his 2016 Wimbledon final loss to Andy Murray

In 2014, Raonic was beaten by Roger Federer in his first Wimbledon semifinal but two years later he defeated the same opponent in the same stage at The All England Club. 

As a reward, Raonic got to play home favorite Murray in the final - who already had a Wimbledon title in his collection. In his first and so far lone Grand Slam final, Raonic was competitive but the Briton did better in the key moments of the final and sealed a 6-4 7-6 (3) 7-6 (2) win.

Milos Raonic and Andy Murray
Milos Raonic and Andy Murray © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

Last year, Raonic confessed he was still "bitter" over the Wimbledon final loss and also his 2016 Australian Open semifinal loss to Murray. 

“I’m still a little bit bitter about it. I still haven’t had that chance to enjoy it. It’s the closest I’ve been by far and there’s really two matches both of them standing out against Andy: that final and then the semi-final in Australia that year. I thought maybe I was even playing better in Australia at that point. Those two really stand out to me and, I don’t know," Raonic told British newspaper i during last year's Wimbledon.

"Still to this day, there’s a lot of things I really appreciate and admire about the experiences I was able to go through but still a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth. I definitely wish the results were quite different and that I could have another go at them."

It remains to be seen if Raonic will return to Wimbledon in 2025.

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