Milos Raonic Set to Join Nick Kyrgios and Benoit Paire for Return at Atlanta Open 2021

Published 07/20/2021, 3:09 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 22: Milos Raonic of Canada celebrates after winning match point during his Men’s Singles second round match against Cristian Garin of Chile on day three of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


Former Grand Slam finalist Milos Raonic will be returning to competitive action at the Atlanta Open 2021. After an extremely challenging season so far, the big-hitting Canadian accepted a wildcard to play in the American tournament later this month. After overcoming multiple injuries, Raonic will be aspiring to put up a good show at Atlanta.

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Milos Raonic accepts Atlanta Open invite

The ex-Canadian No.1 has been struggling with a calf injury for a long period of time. Earlier, Raonic pulled out of the French Open, Wimbledon, and Olympic Games. The withdrawal from Tokyo 2021 was an enormous blow to Raonic’s fans, considering they expected that to be his big return. However, they will not need to wait much longer.

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In a late move, Raonic accepted a wildcard from the Atlanta Open. The tournament will kick off in the last week of July, and the Canadian giant shall vie for the men’s singles title. Other stars that will contend on American soil are John Isner, Taylor Fritz, Benoit Paire, Jannik Sinner, as well as doubles pairing of Nick Kyrgios-Jack Sock.

Raonic last competed at the Miami Open

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The 2016 Wimbledon runner-up had a fairly encouraging start to his 2021 campaign, looking solid at the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. Raonic fell prey to World No.1 Novak Djokovic in Melbourne and never looked the same after. The former World No.3 has 8 titles to his name but failed to add anything to that number this year.

Raonic went from Australia to Mexico, where he lost to Germany’s Dominik Koepfer. He was last seen in action after this, at the Miami Open in the USA. He made it to the last 16 here, where he bowed out to Polish in-form player Hubert Hurkacz in three gripping sets.

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 16: Milos Raonic of Canada looks dejected during his match against Dominic Thiem of Austria in the semifinals of the men’s singles on March 16, 2019, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Realistically, it looks close to impossible for Milos Raonic to spring a comeback in his very first tournament back. After all, he will be playing a competitive match for the first time in 4 months. However, if the Canadian can find his spots on the serve and nail those forehands, anything is possible!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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