Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic is a Canadian professional tennis player, who has competed on the ATP Tour since 2008.

Date of Birth: 27 December 1990
Birthplace: Podgorica, Montenegro
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
Weight: 216 lbs (98 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned Pro: 2008

Milos Raonic was born in Titograd, Montenegro on December 27, 1990. His parents are Dusan and Vesna, who are both engineers. The family emigrated from Montenegro to Brampton, Ontario, Canada, when Raonic was three years old.

In Canada, Raonic started playing tennis at age six when he took part in a local tennis camp in Brampton. Two years later, Raonic wanted to continue playing tennis and he started working with coach Steve Gibson at the Casey Curtis at the Blackmore Tennis Club.

By age 12, Raonic started competing in ITF Junior level events and developed at this level for five years. His highest junior ranking was 35th and he played his first ITF Futures event in October 2005, aged 14. Nearly two years later in July 2007, Raonic competed at his first Challenger competition.

He spent almost three years competing at Challenger and Future levels. In 2010, Raonic started to make more regular ATP-level tournaments. Late in that season, he qualified for his first-ever Grand Slam main draw at the US Open but lost against Carsten Ball in round one.

The Canadian then reached the Japan Open main draw, only to lose against world number one Rafael Nadal. 2011 was a breakthrough season for Raonic. In his second Grand Slam appearance at the Australian Open, the Canadian made it to round four.

He continued to progress in February as he reached finals in Memphis and San Jose - winning the former for his first-ever ATP title. Consistent performances saw Raonic rise to 25th in the rankings by May. At the end of the season, the Canadian also won the 2011 ATP Newcomer of the Year, chosen by his fellow players.

Now established on the ATP Tour, Raonic upped his performances in 2012. He made four ATP finals and won two at Memphis and the Chennai Open. The Canadian player also performed consistently at all four Grand Slams, making round two or better at the majors.

As a result, he climbed to 13th in the ATP Rankings by the end of the season. Raonic defended his title in San Jose early in 2013 and also reached his first-ever Masters final at the Canadian Open but lost to Nadal. However, he recovered to notch another title at the Thailand Open and reached round four at the US Open for a second consecutive season.

More progress came in 2014 as the Canadian, particularly in mid-season when he reached the Roland Garros quarter-final. A semi-final run at Wimbledon followed, but Raonic lost against Roger Federer. Yet again, Raonic had a strong finish to the campaign and won the Citi Open, and reached the Paris Masters final.

Raonic started 2015 by making the Brisbane International final and the Australian Open quarter-final. He also progressed to the Indian Wells semi-final. However, a foot injury during the clay court season disrupted Raonic’s 2015 progress. He returned for the grass-court campaign but struggled to rediscover form.

But the Canadian ended 2015 with another title at the St Petersburg Open. 2016 was one of Raonic’s most successful campaigns. He won the Brisbane International in January and made it to the Australian Open semi-final. At Indian Wells, Raonic progressed to his third Masters final, only to lose against Novak Djokovic.

Grass season was also a success as Raonic reached the final at the Queen’s, Club Championships but lost to Andy Murray. The Canadian followed this with his first run to a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. Yet again, though, Raonic fell to Murray in the final. Following a strong 2016, Raonic climbed to a career-high of three in the rankings, behind only Murray and Djokovic.

However, despite making two quarter-finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, Raonic’s consistency suffered in 2017. A left wrist injury and subsequent surgery proved to be a hindrance. Ultimately, a lack of playing time late in the season saw Raonic drop out of the top 20.

Raonic showed glimpses of a return to form with a semi-final run at the 2018 Indian Wells and a quarter-final appearance at the Miami Open. In June, Raonic reached the Stuttgart Open final and lost to Federer before a quarter-final run at Wimbledon. Injury and form issues persisted in 2019, as Raonic failed to make a final at an ATP competition for the first time since 2011.

His best run came at the Australian Open, where he made the quarter-final. Another Australian Open quarter-final came early in 2020 and Raonic also made his fourth Masters final at the Cincinnati Open. However, he lost again to Djokovic in the final.

Raonic struggled with calf and leg injuries in 2021 and took an extended break after the Atlanta Open in July. Consequently, the Canadian was ruled out for nearly two seasons and returned at the 2023 Libema Open in June.

After building fitness, Raonic appeared at his first Grand Slam in two and half years at 2023 Wimbledon and reached round two. The Canadian played at the following two Grand Slams late in 2023 and early in 2024. In Mach 2024, he returned to the ATP’s top 200.

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