Milos Raonic (born December 27, 1990) is a pro Canadian raised in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. Born in Titograd, SFR, Yugoslavia (now called Podgorica, Montenegro). He moved to Canada when he was 3 years old. Raonic has the highest men's ATP singles ranking in Canada and also country's top ranked player ever since computer ranking started in 1973. Right now he's currently ranked 34.
Raonic turned pro when he was 18 in 2008, he played in the ITF Futures until 2010 and is currently playing in the ATP tour. Raonic advanced to his first grand slam in the U.S. open in 2010. In the year 2011 he went up from the world ranking 152 to 37 in a month, then he advanced to round four in the Australian open and won an ATP title at the 2011SAP open for the first time. Raonic, likes to play on hard courts, and can play on all courts but is noticed for his serve which have power and accuracy. Since late fall in 2010 his coach has been former professional Galo Blanco.
Junior Tennis Career
Raonic's first ITF-sanctioned junior tennis event was the qualifying draw for the Canadian ITF Group 4 Championships in October 2003, where he lost in the first round to fellow Canadian Kirill Sinitsyn, 6-7, 3-6. His next junior curcuit action was a year later at the Canadian ITF Championships 1 event, where he lost in the first round of the main draw, 4–6, 4–6 to compatriot Peter Marrack. In doubles at the same event he and partner Sheharyar Wali, also Canadian, reached the second round.
He won his first ITF tournament singles match in October 2005, defeating compatriot Tony Dang in three sets before falling in the round of 16 to American Christopher Racz. In doubles, he and partner Mohammed Niaki reached the semi-finals. Two weeks later, at the Canadian ITF Grade 3 Championships, Raonic reached his first final, where he and partner Sinitsyn lost to Marrack and Peter Polansky. In singles he lost again to Marrack in the first round.
In April 2006, Raonic reached the later rounds in a singles event, defeating Marrack in straight sets in the quarter-finals at the 24th All-Canadian ITF Junior Championships before losing to Julien Gauthier in the semis. After reaching the second round in singles of the Canadian Junior Open (Grade 1) in August, he then won the 2006 U18 ITF World Ranking Event (Grade 4) in early October, defeating Gauthier in the final 6–4, 6–0. He also captured the doubles title partnering compatriot John Taylor.
Raonic reached the third round in singles at a Grade 1 junior event in November–December 2006, the EddieHer International JuniorChampionships. Two weeks later he lost the singles final of the Grade 4 Prince Cup and won the doubles. In 2007 he lost early in the Grade 2 and Grade 1 junior events he entered. Raonic did however reach the finals of the Grade 3 US Junior International Hard Court Championships in August and won both the Grade 3 2007 U18 ITF World Ranking Event and Grade 4 U18 ITF World Ranking Event 2 in October on home soil. He also won the doubles at these events, partnering compatriot Nathaniel Gery for both. In doubles, he also lost in the final of the Pan American Closed ITF Championships (Group B1) in early October, partnering American Waylon Chin.
In December 2007, Raonic qualified for the prestigious Orange Bowl Championships, a Grade A event. He went on to reach the third round where he lost to American Chase Buchanan, 4–6 in the third. Raonic began 2008 with a bang in juniors, winning the Grade 1 Nottinghill ITF event doubles event, partnering American Bradley Klhan. He and Klahn the following week reached the second round of the Australian Open before winning the Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships in March–April. At the USTA International Spring, Raonic reached the quarter-finals for the first time in singles at a Grade 1 event, losing to Klahn in straight sets.
Pro Tennis Career
2007 Raonic was given wild cards into three Tennis Canada and Banque Nationale sponsored ITF Futures Events in March, held indoors in the Province of Quebec. In Hull he won his first ever singles match played, over World No. 687 Fabrice Martin , 7–5, 2–6, 6–4. He lost in the next round to World No. 661 Patrick Schmolzer , 3–6, 3–6. The following week he lost in the first round to No. 2 seed John Paul Frattero , 6–7, 3–6. In doubles, at both events, Raonic partnered fellow junior Vasek Pospisil and lost in the first round. Then in Rock Forest he again reached the second round, going out to No. 1 seed, Davis Cup teammate, hometown favourite and future coach Fred Niemayer. He and Niemeyer played doubles in Sherbrooke too and reached the semi-finals.
Raonic saw his first ATP Challenger Series action in the summer, receiving a further wild card into the main draw of the Granby Challenge. He lost to No. 5 seed Gary Lugassy in the first round handily, 4–6, 0–6. He also played doubles with Lugassy but went out in the first round. Raonic ended the year ranked World No. 1386, in both singles and doubles.
Raonic was again a wild card entrant in singles in the Banque Nationale Futures events in Quebec in March, fairing far better this time. At Canada F1 in Gatineau, he and partner Milan Pokrajac, unseeded, won the doubles title, while in singles he lost to World No. 457 Michael Yani in the quarter-finals in three sets. The following week in MontrealRaonic and Pokrajac finished doubles runners-up and in singles Raonic went out in the second round. Then in Canada F3 in Sherbrooke, Raonic reached his first tour finals in singles, winning four three-set matches to do so. In the final he lost 5–7, 6–7(4) to unseeded Italian Enrico Iannuzzi . In doubles, he and Pokrajac lost in the first round.
In late April, Raonic next competed in an ITF tour event, defeating compatriot Kirill Sinitsyn 6–2, 6–0 to qualify (as the No. 5 seed) for the main draw in singles at U.S.A. F9 in Vero Beach on outdoor clay. In the main draw he lost however in the first round to fellow qualifier American Marcus Fugate, 1–6, 4–6. Raonic was a direct entrant into the main doubles draw, but he and partner Adam El Mihdawy lost in the first round. The following week at U.S.A. F10 in Orange Park, Florida, Raonic lost in the third round of singles qualifying despite being the No. 3 seed. He did not compete in any tour events next until July.
In July, Raonic, as a wild-card entrant, lost in the first round in singles of back-to-back Canadian held Challenger events, Granby and Moncton. In doubles he and partner Vasek Pospisil reached the second round at Granby but lost in the first in Moncton. The following week he received a wild card in qualifying for the 2008 Rogers Cup and lost in the first round to World No. 203 Alexandre Kudeyavtsev 3–6, 4–6.
The next tour action Raonic saw was in October in Japan. In Kashiwa at Japan F10 he lost in the first round to fellow unseeded player Hiroki Kondo 4–6, 2–6. In doubles he and partner Tadayuki Longhi reached the second round. The following week at Japan F11 in Tokya, Raonic upset No. 2 seed Tatsuma Ito in three sets before falling to Thailand Davis Cupper Peerakiat Siriluethaiwattana in the second round. He did not play doubles.
Raonic competed his 2008 tour play as a wild card entrant in the Rimouski Challenger, where he lost in the first round to Jose De Armas after taking the first set. In doubles however, he and partner Vasek Pospisil teamed to capture their first Challenger title. The wild cards defeated the No. 2 seeds in the semis and the No. 3 seeded team of Kristian Kress and Michael Ryderstedt in the final, 5–7, 6–4, 10–6. Raonic finished 2008 World No. 915 in singles and No. 513 in doubles. Following the 2008 season Raonic turned down an offer from the University of Virginia and turned pro signing on with the SFX agency.
2009 Raonic began his year in mid-January attempting to qualify in singles for U.S.A. F1 in Boca Raton, losing in three sets in the qualifying round as the No. 13 seed. He qualified the following week for the main draw at U.S.A. F2 as the No. 12 seed, but lost in the first round of the main draw. Qualifying for singles allowed him to enter the doubles draw as a wild card—he and partner Kevin Botti reached the second round.
The next week at U.S.A. F3 in Plantation, Florida Raonic again lost in singles in the qualifying round, this time as the No. 9 seed. After a week off, qualified for Croatia F1, as the No. 11 seed. He then knocked off World No. 293 and No. 7 seed Jan Mertl, World No. 425 Ivaylo Traykov, and No. 606 Denis Matsukevich before falling to No. 8 seed Louk Sorensen the semi-finals. In doubles he and compatriot Erik Chvojka, the No. 3 seeds, reached the second round. The following week the Canadian doubles duo reached the finals of Croatia F2; in singles, Roanic again qualified for the main draw and then reached the quarter-finals.
After a couple weeks off, Raonic captured his first tour singles title, Canada F2 in Montreal. Receiving a wild card from Tennis Canada to play in the main draw, Raonic faced no seeded players and two qualifiers—he defeated World No. 594 Gregoire Burquier in the final, 6–3, 6–4. In doubles, he and Vasek Pospisil, the top seeds, reached the second round. The team then did one better the following week at Canada F3 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, reaching the semi-finals, again as the top seeds. In singles, Milos lost to Vasek in the quarter-finals in three close sets.
Two weeks later Raonic again qualified for the main draw at a Futures event, this time as the No. 4 seed at U.S.A. F7, and reached the quarter-finals. He and partner Philip Bester, as the No. 3 seeds, captured the doubles title, defeating the No. 1 seeds in the final, Lester Cook and Treat Conrad Huey. The following week in Little Rock, Arkansas , Milos qualified for the main draw as the No. 2 seed, but lost in the first round. He did not play doubles.
Raonic's next action was in June at Slovenia F2. For the first time he received a spot in the main draw of a singles tournament based solely on this ranking. He lost however in the first round, to No. 1 seed Pavol Cervenak, 4–6, 2–6. In doubles he and partner Ajaz Bedene lost in the second round. The following week at Slovenia F3 Milos again lost in the first round, this time to No. 3 seed Denis Molchanov. He and Mochanov teamed to win the doubles title however, the fourth tour doubles title of Raonic's career. The next week, Raonic reached the quarter-finals of Italy F15, on clay in Padova, while in doubles he and partner Marc Fornell-Mestrs reached the second round. He completed his European swing losing in the first round of Italy F16 in singles while reaching the semis in doubles partnering Stefano Valenti.
After two weeks off, Raonic resumed play at U.S.A. F16 in Pittsbugh, on clay. The No. 7 seed, he was upset in the second round by Rhyne Williams. In doubles he and partner Pospisil, the top seeds, lost in the semi-finals. The following week in Peoria, Illinois the No. 6 seed Raonic reached the quarter-finals where he was upset by the unseeded Pospisil. He and Vasek captured the doubles title however, winning their final three matches handily. After a week off, Raonic once again received a wild card into the main draw of the Granby Challenger. He played World No. 262 to a first set tie break lose before succumbing in the second set 1–6. In doubles, he and Pospisil lost in a second round tie-break to the No. 2 seeds Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski.
The following week Raonic was given a wild card into singles qualifying for the 2009 Rogers Cup where he began by beating World No. 77 Teymuraz Gabashvili in three sets following up with a straight sets win over World No. 113 Michael Llodra in the qualifying round. In the main draw, he lost to World No. 10 Fernando Gonzalez in three sets. Raonic finished the match having served and returned better on first serves than his opponent, and having won more points in the match, 112 to 107. In the week following this result, he lost to Kitipong Wachiramanowong in three sets in the final of Thailand F1 and, with partner Nikolaus Moser, won the doubles title. Then playing just singles in the next two weeks, he won the title for Thailand F2 and reached the semis of Thailand F3 (l/Jamie Baker).
Raonic spent the autumn of 2009 playing on the American Challenger circuit, but with less success than he had in summer. He finished 2009 ranked World No. 373 in singles and No. 425 in doubles.