Milos Raonic is nearing the end of his playing career, with the Canadian rumored to be retiring at the end of the 2023 season. He is expecting to play in the US Open and will be a wildcard in the upcoming Canadian Open in Toronto.
Raonic Out in Round Two
Raonic made his Wimbledon return this year, picking up his first Grand Slam match victory since 2021. The Canadian saw off Dennis Novak before losing to Tommy Paul in the second round. Men’s and women’s Wimbledon odds were available throughout the tournament, and record Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic was the red-hot favorite to win the men’s event. Djokovic lost in the final, but the Serb is priced at +150 to win the US Open in New York City.
Raonic decided to participate in the grass season this year having sat out the entirety of the 2022 ATP season. He returned to play in the Libema Open, winning his opening match in straight sets.
Raonic then lined up at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019. He reached the fourth round four years ago, losing out to Argentinian Guido Pella. Raonic also won his first Wimbledon match this year, seeing off Novak by three sets to one.
Unfortunately for the Canadian, he suffered a second-round defeat at the hands of Florida-born Paul. The American went two sets up before Raonic pulled one back. However, Paul took the fourth set 6-4 to progress to the third round.
He's back! 👏
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 5, 2023
Fond Memories of Wimbledon
Although Raonic has never won a Grand Slam, he went extremely close back in 2016. He reached the final of Wimbledon seven years ago, getting past the likes of David Goffin and Roger Federer along the way.
Raonic went up against home hero Andy Murray in the 2016 Wimbledon final. The Scot proved to be too strong, easing to a three-set victory.
Despite the loss, Raonic shot up to third in the world in November 2016, making him the highest-ranked Canadian singles player of all time. He failed to kick on, though, with a fourth round of the US Open in 2018 being his best result since.
Will Raonic Call It a Day?
2023 could be Raonic’s last year as a professional player. He made his debut back in 2008 and has gone on to become one of Canada’s greatest-ever players. Along with his Wimbledon final, Raonic was an Australian Open semi-finalist in 2016 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 French Open.
Injuries have halted his momentum in recent years, and Raonic will turn 33 by the end of the year. Time may not be on his side, but the Canadian, who was born in what is now Montenegro, will want to go out with a bang.
Milos Raonic has been awarded a main draw wild card at the #NBO23.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 12, 2023
Raonic received a wildcard and will play in the 2023 Canadian Open, which gets underway in August. Shortly after, Raonic could play in his last Grand Slam event at the US Open in New York. Can Raonic make more memories before packing away his racket for good?