If the US Open actually comes off from August 31, picking a limited support team to help him through will be a tough choice for Milos Raonic in the COVID-19 era.
The Canadian who once reached a Wimbledon final, has a history of poor fitness and had several seasons which amounted to nothing more than a string of continual injuries.
The Montenegro-born player who turns 30 at the end of 2020 admitted it won’t be easy to map out a strategy if he plays in the socially-distanced Grand Slam in New York later this summer.
For one thing, with competitors limited to just a pair of handlers, what’s an injury-prone player to do?
“Are you asking the player to make a choice about what is most important to him: tennis or his health?”, 98-kg Raonic told Canada’s TSN.
“My physiotherapist knows what I’ve been through in the past five, six months. He knows what types of remedies and treatments are successful with these problems and he knows my body.
“During a Slam the program with my physiotherapy varies between two hours and two and a half hours a day, can the USTA and ATP staff offer me these hours?”