Tennis

Raonic worries shortened season will lead to bout of injuries

The French Open has been moved from its regular May start date to September, a week after the US Open, while Wimbledon has been canceled and the WTA and ATP Tours have been suspended until July 13. The decision to move the French Open drew criticism from a number of players, but world No. 30 Raonic says he welcomes the chance to play as many grand slams as possible — as long as his body holds up."Four weeks in five (in September) … I think that will pose issues for players, and I think also because a transition to a different surface (from hard to clay courts) will be very quick," he told CNN's Christina Macfarlane."The thing that you really hope for is that it doesn't create an uptick in injuries because that is quite tolling, quite a task. "Am I happy that it is going to happen? Yes, I think so, to have a chance to play as many grand slams as possible in what is going to end up being a shortened season for us is a very important thing and I'm happy that a way is found to make it happen and hopefully we can get through to that point and be able to compete in those events."READ: US Open tennis complex to be used as makeshift hospital in New York

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Raonic, who climbed as high as No. 3 in the rankings in 2017 before enduring a number of injury-plagued seasons, has missed the past two French Opens.At the time of the announcement to move the tournament, fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil called the decision "selfish" and "arrogant," but organizers remained adamant that the clay court season wouldn't be "swept off the international schedule." Roanic adds that he would have liked more clarity when the decision was announced."There was just a disappointment maybe of the approach. I think a few players wished they knew a little bit earlier before. I figured it out through social media, and I'm sure many others did," he says."We have a big group chat and that's how it came out to all of us. So I think that was maybe the hardest part of it to accept. But once you got over that I think the understanding of, is it a positive thing for us? It is. That's for sure."READ: Roger Federer shows off trick shots while on lockdownSince then, the Olympics have also been postponed until next year, and the official announcement of Wimbledon's cancellation arrived WednesdayThe 29-year-old Raonic, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2016, is residing in Florida as the virus lockdown continues. While there is some frustration that tournaments have been wiped off the schedule, for now he remains focused on building fitness and admits that tennis should take a backseat. "I've always played a relatively light schedule, 15 or 16 tournaments only. To have big chunks of it go out, Read More – Source

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