"It was difficult yesterday early in the match, I rotated on my knee...I was predisposed to some risk and I was unable to play with that amount of pain..." he had explained. Milos Raonic had a healthy long span of time from 2011 after he had to undergo hip surgery until having right foot surgery in 2015.
He was a runner-up at the 2012 Aircel Chennai in Barcelona and in 2013 won the SAP title; was a finalist at the Rogers Cup against Rafa Nadal, won the Thailand Open and finalist at the Japan Open. He was playing nearly flawless and in 2014 won the Citi Open and again a Japan Open runner-up.
A year later after his right foot surgery, he seems to have made his body vulnerable to injury. By 2017 he had left wrist surgery and later in the year had sustained a right leg injury causing him to miss the 2017 US Open. Raonic's ranking had plummeted from no.
3 to no. 40 at the beginning of 2018. The only thing that pulled up his rankings was him reaching the semifinals at Indian Wells and the quarters at the Miami Open. But now at this year's Monte Carlo event, he sees himself falling back into injury territories again.
Ailments and injuries happen anytime but for Raonic, the second round of tournaments aren't lucky for the Canadian as this recent injury was during the second round against Italy's Marco Cecchinato despite having won the match 7-6, 6-2.
He is now ranked no. 22 and was hopeful of going deep in this clay court event which will never happen. It was the second round of the Japan Open last year that he was forced to retire against hometown favourite Yuichi Sugita.
After losing the 1st game, Raonic had to stop due to sustaining a right calf injury. He sadly explained that "I picked up a strain to the calf. It's hard to know the extent...I felt a sharp pain at the back of my leg.
I will head home now and get medical attention...It's been a difficult and frustrating year..." When this season started Raonic thought he'd have a successful tour but he'd lose in straight sets to 18-year-old Alex De Minaur also in the second round in Brisbane, a tournament that Raonic had won only a few years earlier.
Losing to De Minaur was a comeback match though, as it was his first time playing since last October from recuperating from injuries that cause dhim to miss the 2017 US Open as his ranking dropped to no. 24. Milos Raonic suffered on and off with injuries last year causing him to withdraw from 5 tournaments and having two walkovers.
He isn't only suffering from injuries and ailments but emotionally not being able to play better and being more aggressive. "I sort of played into his comfort zone. I didn't do enough to pull him out of it...I wasn't consistent enough and that's sort of what cost me", he explained about his match with De Minaur.
Raonic is paining from the recurring injuries that cost him matches and titles. He is also paining from having continuous surgeries and not knowing if he'll turn or twist and get re-injured again. "Heavily disappointed" he had said on his play with the 18-year-old De Minaur and explained that the tour is too extensive which might have lead to his and other players' injuries.
But going back to the drawing board is what's needed to being on the professional tour and hopefully next time Milos Raonic will return on court for extended periods of time healthy and slamming with successful results.