Former World No. 3 and Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic says that the fans need to respect what the government asks of them and try to stay at home during the current global health crisis. In an interview to the ATP Tour website, Roanic says, "The most important thing is to respect what their government asks of them and also the others around you by staying home and trying to make the most of things, but within your confined space with the people around you, just for everybody’s health.
That’s whether it’s the people close to you or people on the other end of the country. This thing spreads fast. It’s not just the people in your community that you affect. It’s them talking to another person, talking to another person, talking to another person.
The effects and the ripples can be felt far and wide. I think people have to respect that and realise the seriousness of what’s going on... for most, this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and I think people will need to be aware of how it’s changing our lives a lot.
You have to respect that process." Raonic says that he is also reading now during his confinement than he used to earlier. "It’s just an easy way to shut down. Always if you’re watching something on an iPad, a computer, or a phone, you can get boggled and maybe distracted by other things.
I find this way that I put all my electronics far away and when I read, it keeps me more present than a TV show because a TV show you can keep listening to it and maybe check something on your phone in the meantime or that kind of thing.
With a book, you need to completely put everything down in the meantime. It just requires more attention. I think it’s more of a complete disconnect. I travel with a bunch of books everywhere I go and I love going to different bookstores in different cities.
Even though the books might not be changing too much, I think it’s sad to see a lot of mom-and-pop bookstores go out of business." Raonic said he also tried to playing video games though he is not a big fan of the same.
"I’ve gotten into it for a couple of days. I hadn’t played a single video game for maybe three or four years. So I think this got me into thinking, ‘Okay, how can I kill some time and keep me enticed?’ I got into it for a bit, but I don’t think it’s something that’s going to last in my own personal daily routine.
NBA2K has been played a lot. [I like playing with] Toronto, but when we play with friends, everybody has to go with random teams. Sometimes you can get a better team, a disadvantaged team. It just makes everybody have to play with every other team."