Milos Raonic is making his return to competition this week at the Istanbul Open, an ATP 250 event. He will be the no. 1 seed.
— TennisWorld USA (@TennisworldUSA) April 18, 2017
This is Raonic’s first appearance in a tournament since withdrawing prior to his Miami Open third round match in March with a hamstring injury. The injury was sustained in Delray Beach in late February after his semi-final match against Juan Martin del Potro.
The injury also forced Raonic to miss Indian Wells immediately after and, more recently, miss the Monte Carlo Masters.
I’m sad to have not been ready in time for the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, but I am happy to be in Europe training on the red clay.
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) April 16, 2017
Raonic has dropped in the rankings this year. He has slipped from his career-best no. 3 ranking to no. 6 due to lack of match play. He is 11-2 on the season.
As the top seed this week, Raonic received a bye into the second round. There, he will face either Aljaz Bedene or Marton Fucsovics. Raonic could potentially face Bernard Tomic in the quarter-finals and Viktor Troicki in the semi-finals.
Marin Cilic is the only other Top 30 player present in Istanbul this week alongside Raonic. The two could potentially meet in the finals.
Action from the Istanbul Open kicks off Monday May 1.