Speaking to TSN Canada in an exclusive interview, the former world no. 3 said, “It would be a difficult decision to accept at first, but it’s also going to be a decision you understand is quite the right choice with everything that is going on around the world.
Once you enter these doors, even if it is during the training week before the event, it is the tournament that strikes you the most. It’s not the biggest site, the courts are not as big as they can be in other slams, but there is tradition there.
You notice the old-fashioned things that they really adhered to. There are no sponsor boards at the back of the courts, the grass is immaculate, they make sure that all the players respect the field, I think the all-white (clothes) also look great so these are all things that you really appreciate.
It’s the only Grand Slam final I’ve had. I’ve always played some of my best tennis there. This is a tournament that I look forward to participating in every year. Several times I have been there after an injury and I have been able to play well, so it has helped me rebound my season several times.
It’s a place that I really liked and I’m very grateful for. It’s going to be difficult not being able to go if that’s the decision, because it’s always been a priority for me to be healthy at this time of year.
But, you know, that will give me something more to look forward to in a year. The news is pretty hard to follow these days, as there aren’t really any positive results. All of this is increasing and increasing fairly quickly, so I think it’s important that we focus on that.
So, if there is no Wimbledon, it will be sad and difficult to accept, but you will soon know that it is the right choice. I think that sport is not even secondary on the list of things that must happen at the moment. “
The Canadian also had a new puppy with girlfriend Camille Ringoir and says it’s something he has wanted for a long time. “I remember when we first moved with my family, when we first immigrated to Canada in 1994, I always asked my parents for a puppy.
Back in Yugoslavia, for me, having pets was not a thing. You know, we had a lot of stray dogs and I would always bring them home and that sort of thing, but it’s not something that could work. I remember my parents promised me when we moved from an apartment to a house: “You can have a puppy”, but then I played tennis and then tennis was always the reason why it was not not possible, at least from them to me.
And then I started traveling and it was something I never even thought about. So I said, “If it has to happen, it has to happen from time to time and I’ll find out after that,” and so far, it has been incredible. “
While many players were upset by the French Tennis Federation’s decision to move the French Open in October, Raonic said it was the right decision to move the event, even if the way the decision was made was not correct. “Overall, is it the right choice? Yes.
Did this happen in a way that the players felt valued and respected? I don’t necessarily think so. The day it was released, I learned about it on Twitter. We have this massive group chat with 70 of the top 100 players and everyone learned about it on Twitter.
I think only one person was really contacted … and even the president of ATP, too, was only contacted if there were only two people and they weren’t even trying to form an opinion. Hey, this is a warning, we are going to do it, we are not asking anyone, it doesn’t matter, that’s what has to happen.
I understand it from their point of view. They’ve done a lot of renovations this year, they’ve installed a new roof, they’re still working on it. I know it’s not over, so the question is when the French government will allow them to have so many workers in a tight space to complete construction.
This is also going to be another factor for them, as I don’t think you can necessarily play while it’s a construction zone. I think they wanted to secure a week, because they were nervous that a lot of tournaments were looking to move …
I think they said, “We are going to go and we are counting on the idea that players will want to play Grand Slam tournaments rather than smaller ATP events and the Laver Cup. And, at the end of the day, the Grand Slam tournaments are the thing that is most meaningful to us, which is most meaningful to us from a personal point of view …
players want to achieve great things and also financially, because of their size, they are able to reward the most successful players. So, I think they sort of said, “Hey, we’re the French Open, we know, we’re going to go and we think people will show up”, and I think people will .
The only question is how is it going to be for players who play three sets out of five (out) four out of five weeks and with a change of area as well. So some players who don’t perform well at the US Open will automatically have an advantage, because instead of seven days of preparation, it will be 20 or 16 days and that’s a big difference.
So, this is the right decision because we want to play and we want to play as much as possible, we felt a little offended by the way it happened. “