During a global pandemic, Milos Raonic is not using his newfound time off for video games and Netflix binging.
With the ATP on hiatus, the world No. 30 and former Wimbledon finalist is taking the extended time off to build up his body, sharpen his game and prepare tactically for a return to live tennis later this summer.
“I took a very short break and then got straight into training,” said Raonic, appearing on the Match Point Canada podcast.
Speaking from his home via a Zoom call, the Canadian revealed how he’s dedicated his time to separate training blocks alongside his coaching team led by Mario Tudor.
“The first block we really focused on was a little bit of tennis,” Raonic said. “Just to keep the feel of the ball, to keep hitting the ball on court, but really focused on fitness and making sure that I could sort of restructure and rebuild my body.
“The second block we definitely increased the intensity and volume of tennis and started working on more things, implementing different situations. Specific movements, different strategies that I would like to use — coming forward a bit, striking on the first ball with returns.
“The next block is going to be really situational, a lot more time on court, and obviously going to keep fine-tuning the fitness.”
Before COVID-19 halted play on tour, Raonic had been exhibiting signs of his best tennis, the level that allowed him to reach world No. 3 in 2016 and made him the first (and only) men’s grand slam singles finalist in Canadian tennis history.
He produced a quarterfinals run Down Under at the Australian Open that featured dominant straight-set victories over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Marin Cilic. He also reached the semifinals of the Delray Beach Open in February.