Milos Raonic confessed on Tuesday that the uncertainties of tennis life amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic is doing in his head.
The Canadian who turns 30 at the end of December reached the second round of this week’s Paris Masters through a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Aljaz Bedene.
But there is a lot more than tennis preying on the mind of the reflective Canadian, a son or two scientists who looks at life in the most logical of manners.
The ATP No. 17 is most concerned about being able to visit his family in Toronto due to fear of possibly exposing them to the virus, even if he has not been affected himself.
” I haven’t seen my parents for one entire year. We are quite close and I spend a lot of time with them.
“Those kinds of things weigh on you. but outside of that and outside of all the other hardship, I can say some positive things about my tennis and about trying to really make the most of the time that we had during the hiatus to try to get better, to improve, and get healthy.”
Raonic said that the near-total uncertainty of the 2021 calendar – especially regarding January’s Australian Open and the ATP Cup – is far from reassuring.
“When you have something to look forward to it’s easy to get motivated. Obviously with everything else going on, it’s a bit more difficult.
“As tennis players we’re always the centre of our own bubble. We have coaches and staff to take care of us in every single way possible.
“We’re treated like sort of princesses, and it keeps us separated. But the people around me have been able to help keep my head on right and keep me focused.”