McEnroe hip to Raonic

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:22 PM ET

TORONTO - Johnny Mac is hip to, well, Milos Raonic's hip and what the injury could mean to the rising Canadian star's development.

Legendary tennis star John McEnroe believes Raonic, who had hip surgery early last month after being forced to withdraw from Wimbledon during his second-round match, is a player who can contend for some of tennis's biggest titles. But so much depends on how the 20-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., recovers from his first major injury.

"Obviously whenever something like this happens you get concerned about how he's going to bounce back and recover," McEnroe said. "I was really looking forward to seeing him potentially play Rafa (Rafael Nadal) at Wimbledon. I really liked what I was seeing. He's just raw but he was starting to really come around at a quick rate. It's too bad.

"I'm hopeful this thing isn't too serious. I really look forward to seeing him get back out there."

Raonic hasn't played since falling awkwardly during his match with Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in June and has dropped two spots to No. 29 in the world rankings. He won't play at the Rogers Cup in Montreal but could be back in time for the U.S. Open later this month.

Raonic burst on to the scene at the Australian Open in January and quickly made a name for himself, using one of the hardest serves on the ATP Tour to rise through the world rankings. The injury put Raonic's ascent on hold but McEnroe thinks the young Canuck can get back on track.

"I think he was definitely going to be a player that was going to contend at the big events, one of the guys you'd look at when you're trying to look at the next group of guys," McEnroe said. "He came along from nowhere and all of a sudden, there he is.

"But he had this presence about him that was exciting."


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