Raonic will rest sore shoulder

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:41 PM ET

Canada's Milos Raonic is taking a break from his breakthrough season on the ATP Tour.

Raonic has set himself up for a hectic schedule after winning the first tournament of his career and following up by making the final the next week.

But the 20-year-old has had recurrence of tendinitis in his right shoulder and will skip this week's tournament in Mexico.

"It's not worth risking and jeopardizing a whole year for one week -- even if I am playing my best right now," Raonic said Tuesday on a conference call.

"I feel you have to stop with the injuries while you're ahead. I've started off the year great, so I don't want to slow that down or risk that."

The hard-serving right-hander from Thornhill, Ont., played down the discomfort, saying it is "not a terrible pain."

He expects to be ready to go he prepares to play for Canada in a Davis Cup tie at Mexico, March 4-6.

Raonic won Feb. 6 at San Jose, then was edged in three sets Sunday by Andy Roddick in the final at Memphis.

Raonic is now No. 37 in the world rankings, a jump of 119 spots since December.


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