Raonic, McEnroe start grass court campaign

Big-serving Milos Raonic will be in action on Tuesday at the Aegon Championships in what will be John McEnroe’s first match in charge of the Canadian in their newly-formed partnership for the grass court season.

McEnroe is a three-time singles champion at Wimbledon and teamed up with Raonic after Roland Garros just for the grass season, including the year’s third grand slam title.

Raonic will be up against another big server on Tuesday in Australian Nick Kyrgios, and it will be interesting to see if anything has changed in the Canadian’s approach to playing on grass.

In an interview with the media prior to this week’s event, Raonic said what he liked about McEnroe is that he really loved tennis more than any former player.

“We stepped out on court for the first time on Monday. He said, ‘Milos, start with a hitting partner and we’ll see.’

“But soon as we got on he grabbed the balls and got on court. He played 3½ hours that day.”

McEnroe said in an interview with the Telegraph, that he felt Raonic had the potential to do very well at Wimbledon.

“If you had called me two months ago and said, ‘Name six or seven guys that can win Wimbledon’, I would put him as one of those guys,” McEnroe told the Telegraph.

“So if you come in as a coach and make a one per cent difference at that level, possibly even two per cent, it could pay some kind of dividend.”

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