Milos Raonic met with the media on Thursday to discuss his foot issues that are causing him to miss next weekend’s Davis Cup quarter-final against Belgium and his plans for the summer.
The 24-year-old was defeated in the third round at Wimbledon by Aussie Nick Kyrigos and said he was still dealing with pain in his surgically repaired foot. After doing an MRI and an ultrasound, Raonic’s doctor advised him to skip Davis Cup because he was finding fluid in his foot.
“It’s very disappointing, it’s very disheartening. I wanted to be ready to compete, it’s a great opportunity for us to go forward,” Raonic said about Davis Cup. “It’s still a great opportunity with or without my presence, Vasek is playing great, the rest of the players on the team are playing great, it’s going to be very exciting to follow and I believe they can pull through.”
Raonic also said he was inspired by Vasek Pospisil’s quarter-final run at Wimbledon.
“It’s been very inspiring to watch from a distance and I am very proud of him and happy for him,” Raonic said.
In terms of his return to the Tour, Raonic has his sights on playing the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal beginning August 7. He has chosen not to defend his title in Washington in order to be ready for his home tournament.
“I decided that the big focus is going to be on the Masters events and the U.S. Open, therefore I decided that I won’t go back to Washington to defend my title and I will make sure that I am in top shape come Rogers Cup,” Raonic said.