Canada’s Davis Cup tie against France in Guadalupe was shaping up to be a high-octane, fiercely contested affair. However, with the news that Milos Raonic has been forced to withdraw from the Canadian team, the odds seem to be swinging heavily in favour of the French.
In a message posted on Instagram, Raonic cited the injury he sustained during January’s Australian Open as the reason for his withdrawal. Raonic suffered an abductor injury during his semifinal match against Andy Murray, which he ultimately lost in five sets.
But while Raonic has not been seen on a tennis court since the Open, he did find time to play in an all-star Canada v USA basketball game earlier this month.
According to the man himself, he is targeting a return to action at Indian Wells next week.
I am deeply saddened to not be able to join my team for the Davis Cup tie in Guadeloupe, against the French team. Davis Cup has always and will continue to be a priority in my schedule. My body at this moment does not allow me to compete. The muscular tear I sustained in the Australian Open semifinals, still proves to be an issue, one that has not completely healed. I have missed tournaments already this month and now I will miss Davis Cup. It is not easy for me, as I love representing Canada, and competing along side a great team of players and staff. I will continue to rehab and try to be back on tour as soon as possible, remaining hopeful for the tournament in Indian Wells, California. I wish the Davis Cup team a great and prosperous weekend. Go Canada go! #TeamCanada #TeamMilos
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