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23 August 2011

Raonic will return for Davis Cup


Photo: Paul ZimmerMilos Raonic (CAN)

Milos Raonic has announced on Twitter that he will return to competition in time for September’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie against Israel. The Canadian is recovering from a hip injury that will prevent him from competing in the upcoming US Open.

Raonic posted: “After extensive deliberation with my doctors + team, I have decided to delay my tournament return until after the US Open at DC vs Israel.”

The 20-year-old Canadian sustained a hip injury at Wimbledon during his second round match against Gilles Muller and was forced to retire when he was up a break and serving at 2-1. The recovery process has involved surgery but a full recovery is expected after the three months of inactivity.

Raonic said in a second tweet: “I am feeling great and working hard w/ my coach, physio, and fitness coach. I am excited to comeback and will continue to keep u updated.”

Raonic was born in Montenegro but moved to Canada at the age of three. Despite his youth, the Ontario-raised player is the highest ranked Canadian ever since records began in 1973.

Martin Laurendeau, Canada’s Davis Cup captain, first called up Raonic on March 2011 when Canada was fighting to qualify for the Group I final against Colombia. The youngster lost his two singles matches and, despite his victory in doubles, Canada could not progress.

After this difficult debut, Raonic has been unbeaten in the competition and has accumulated five Davis Cup wins. The big-serving 20-year-old has helped his country to reach this year’s World Group playoff. His overall Davis Cup record is 5-2.

On the circuit, his first Grand Slam appearance came in the 2010 US Open but his breakthrough arrived in this year’s Australian Open. The young Canadian reached the fourth round in Melbourne and rose from world No. 152 to No. 37 in just a month.

DAVIS CUP RADIO: Live commentary of the World Group semifinals - Spain v France and Serbia v Argentina - will be broadcast on the Davis Cup website, alongside round-ups of all the action from the World Group play-offs (16-18 September).

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