Milos Raonic will officially return back to the ATP Tour after being away from the action since July 2021.
The Canadian's career has been plagued by injuries but the last one really put a stop sign to his efforts for almost two years. Back in 2011, Raonic broke into the Top 100 in the ATP Rankings and finished the season as world no. 31.
Since then, he finished every season until 2016 in the Top 15, with his best finish as the world no. 3. And it was the very next season when Raonic's injury struggles started. The Canadian was forced to pull out of multiple tournament and finished the season outside of the Top 20.
It was up and down for the Canadian from that point in his life and his last professional season on the ATP Tour was the one in 2021 when he played 12 matches, winning seven of those. But at the 2021 Atlanta Open, he played his last match when he lost to Brandon Nakashima in three sets.
For some time, it was rumored that the 32-year-old should finally return, but now it's confirmed as he's featured on the entry list for the 2023 Libema Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, which should be his first event.
It's not a surprise that Raonic chose the grass-court part of the season for his comeback as over the years it's been one of his better surfaces, and even the one where he enjoyed the biggest success in his career.
Back in 2016, the Canadian played in the Wimbledon final against Andy Murray, but ultimately he lost in three sets. He then reached two more quarterfinals in the All England Club and he will want to do that again also this year.
But it remains to be seen how difficult it will be for Raonic to return to his best. Over the past few months, Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem both showed that it's difficult to come back after a long period of time, but they are both currently trending in the right direction, showing signs of promise for their fans but also fans of the tall Canadian.