Milos Raonic is still looking for the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, with the Canadian realist unconvinced that tennis will just snap back to normal when the pandemic finally ends.
Raonic, who did not play the French Open to prepare his game for a few remaining ATP weeks of indoor hardcourt play, advanced as he began play in St Petersburg but gave a warning about the future.
The Russian event – like others in the new health reality – is being played in strict quarantine for players with social distancing toe rule.
Raonic fears that tennis is in for a rough ride as the virus begins to spiral up again in Europe.
“I just don’t see this being a way of life that’s gonna change anytime soon,” the former ATP No. 3 said.
“I know everybody thinks it’s gonna be until the end of this year and this kind of thing in the tennis world, but I think this is gonna continue much longer.”
The 29-year-old who currently stands 21st in the world, remains cautious in an environment where 10 of the top 1000 players have at one time or another tested positive for COVID.
The latest is Italian Fabio Fogninim out of this week’s event in Sardegna, while American Sam Querrey had a positive reading in St Petersburg..
“At the end of the day, I think for us as players to have the possibility to play is the most important thing,” Raonic, 29. said..
“Tennis is always gonna be one of the more difficult sports to organize in this pandemic.”