Milos Raonic announced his withdrawal from Roland Garros on Sunday, opting to focus on recovery from a knee injury as he prepares to tackle the grass-court season in June.
It is with a heavy heart that I am withdrawing from @rolandgarros. I have many great memories there, but I know I need to continue working hard to put myself in the best position when I step out on the court. Thank you all for your support and see you soon on the grass.
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) May 20, 2018
Earlier in the clay-court season, Raonic was forced to withdraw from his third-round match with Marin Cilic in Monte Carlo with a meniscus issue. The same issue forced him out of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia this week. The 27-year-old’s last match came against compatriot Denis Shapovalov in Madrid, where he lost 6-4, 6-4.
Raonic will miss his second Grand Slam of the last three, having pulled out of the US Open last season to deal with a wrist injury. At Roland Garros last year, the Canadian made the fourth round, losing a high-quality thriller against Pablo Carreno Busta, 8-6 in the fifth set. His best-ever finish on the Parisian clay was in 2014, when he reached the quarterfinals, falling to eventual runner-up Novak Djokovic.
Next up for the former World No. 3 is a series of grass court tournaments, ultimately leading up to a personal highlight of Raonic’s season: Wimbledon, where he finished runner-up in 2016.
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