Undoubtedly the Canadian tennis players captured the headlines during the ‘Sunshine Double’ last month. With Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov heating up the Miami Heat by reaching the last four round in the Florida swing, Bianca Andreescu pulling off the desert title in the Tennis Paradise and Milos Raonic losing an electrifying semifinal match in California to the eventual Indian Wells 2019 champion, Dominic Thiem.
Besides, his triumphant performance in the desert, Milos Raonic was taken out in the second round of the Miami Open 2019 by Kyle Edmund. During the Indian Wells 2019, Raonic was taking insights from Pierre-Hugues Herbert’s coach Fabrice Santoro.
Milos Raonic parted ways with his coach, Goran Ivanisevic. “We started three days ago,” Raonic said during Indian Wells 2019. “I spoke with him and we had some similar views on the way I need to do things. It was a year since Goran and I did some good things and I felt like it was the right move.”
Milos Raonic, who has eight ATP titles, has hired his third coach in the past two years after working with Richard Krajicek and Goran Ivanisevic earlier. Before them, the 2016 Wimbledon finalist had Riccardo Piatti and Carlos Moya in his squad, who acted as his crutches for his dream final. During the summer of 2016, Milos Raonic received some lessons from the legend, John McEnroe.
The Frenchman, Santoro witnessed Milos Raonic halt his pupil, Herbert to get further into the Australian Open 2019. And a few weeks later, Santoro pairs up with the World Number 14Canadian. On the horizon, Raonic will be to continuing his league with Santoro.
“There was a lot of discussions this month in California and Florida,” Santoro mentioned at the Radio-Canada Sports. “I was completely reassured by several key points to move forward”. Santoro also commented on Raonic’s playing style.
“He has outstanding qualities in service and a forehand of tremendous power. But he has work to do in his tactical choices, in his way of volleying, better coverage at the net. Obviously, Milos is an attacker, but he will have to be even more so in the coming years. As I told him at first, 90% of his game is not to change, but you have to touch the 10% that can change his career,” he added.