|Milos Raonic of Canada reacts after falling during his match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London June 22, 2011. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)
Milos Raonic is in no rush to return to the court.
“The work I have to do before I come back is the most important thing for me,” Canada’s best tennis player said during a conference call on Friday.
“I’m not going to come back and go into any tournament without thinking I can win.”
Raonic, sitting at No. 28 in the ATP world singles rankings, is recovering from right hip surgery. The 20-year-old Richmond Hill native, who was injured at Wimbledon, said he hopes to start hitting balls “in the next week or so.”
But Raonic was not ready to say when he might return to competition.
“I’m taking it week-to-week,” Raonic said. “It could be before (the U.S. Open, which begins on Aug. 29). I don’t know. The hip is feeling great. I think everything is going well. The doctor did not say there were limitations. He just said to go by feeling.”
Raonic acknowledged he had the option of delaying his surgery, but decided to go ahead with it.
“It was something that was going to have to be eventually done,” Raonic said. “I’m 20 years old, and I’m going to heal well. If you prolong it, the procedure becomes more difficult.”
With his stunning rise in the world rankings this year — Raonic ended 2010 at No. 156 — it’s no surprise that his confidence remains high.
“I know I’m going to keep getting better and better,” Raonic said. “The rankings will come.”