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Milos Raonic

“I feel like I am flying, when I am eagerly trying to achieve certain things!”

Milos Raonic: Rules of Life(26 y.o.)
Milos Raonic

Personal Facts

Overview

  • Self-explained: "I'm the son of two engineers, so everything is a numbers and calculation game."(2014)
  • Works with fitness trainer Dalibor Sirola and physiotherapist Claudio Zimaglia.
  • First took the racquet at 6 or 7, at tennis camp at the Bramalea Tennis Club in Brampton.
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  • Began playing at age 8, was discovered by coach Steve Gibson.
  • Finished high school in two years.
  • Growing up Milos with his dad were using a ball machine at 6:30 a.m. or 9:00 p.m. because court fees were a lot cheaper at this time. (Smart!)
  • Nicknamed "Missile", which is derived from his powerful serve (has one of the fastest recorded serves of all time).
  • Among the list of the strongest servers in the Open Era, winning 91% of service games.
  • Favourite surface: hard court.
  • At age 3 moved from Podgorica, Montenegro to Canada.
  • Keen on travelling. " Being a professional tennis player has brought me many great things in my life but the opportunity to travel has always been one of the greatest gifts."
  • "Art aficionado. I appreciate it, and my tastes and my interests have definitely grown."
  • "If I weren't a pro tennis player, I do something in finance.I think that’s a very competitive place, and I definitely like competition."
  • "If I play doubles, I would choose Michael Jordan. He’s probably the guy that could carry through the most sports."
  • Milos Raonic is a big fan of Mark Philippousis.
  • "I am very systematic in how [I] need to go about things to bring out the best tennis for myself, and maybe that comes off as mechanical and robotic and those kind of things, but I don't know if I'd ever change that because I feel that's the way I get the best out of myself when it comes to my tennis” (2016).
  • Growing up admired Pete Sampras: “It was nice to connect the man to the game that I watched for so many hours. I taped most of his matches and watched them over and over again. If he was playing in Melbourne, my parents would let me stay up. Sampras was the person to study, the model to learn from. It's something else meeting someone you've always looked up to.”.
  • Was among the 1st group of players to join Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Montréal when it opened in 2007.
  • Considers serve and forehand as best shots.
  • Speaks fluently Serbian and English.
  • His celebrity girl crush is Taylor Swift.
  • Wears a size 14D shoe.
  • Enjoys movies, spending time with family and hanging out with friends.
  • A big fan of FC Barcelona, MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays, NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • His on court appearance has always been important to him — when he first started playing tennis his sister would dress him.
  • Turned pro in 2008.
  • His hobbies include watching movies and talking to family on Skype.
  • Considered the most successful Canadian singles player in history: the highest-ranked Canadian male ever in 2011, his No. 4 in the World ranking is the highest by a Canadian man or woman, the first Canadian male in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open semifinals, the French Open quarterfinals, and the Wimbledon final, has more ATP World Tour titles and finals in the Open Era than other Canadian male altogether.
  • About his role as Canada's pro tennis player: "I want to make a difference in Canada with [my career]. I feel if I were to achieve my goals it could make a great difference to the growth of tennis in Canada and help to produce more top players in the future” (2010).
  • First gained international éclat being referred to as "the real deal", "a new star", part of "a new generation", and "a future superstar" at 2011 Australian Open.
  • Home Is Where The Hockey Is. Despite being Canadian though, Raonic has said "I am not the biggest hockey fan but it definitely makes me feel like I am at home.”

Milos Raonic's Family & Private Life

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  • Parents are both engineers. Father , Dušan holds a Ph.D.in electrical engineering; mother, Vesna, has degrees in mechanical and computer engineering, master's.
  • Two siblings: sister, Jelena (11 years older), has a master's degree in international trade and finance and brother, Momir (9 years older), has a degree in IT and business.
  • Uncle, Branimir Gvozdenović, is a Montenegro politician (Deputy Prime Minister). Since 2014 is dating Canadian model Danielle Knudson.
  • Raonic and his parents are the 3 directors of the Milos Raonic Foundation, which has partnered with ATP Aces for Charity.
  • New apartment (50 m2 or 538 sq ft), taken up in 2012 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, situated closely to his "home" tennis club, the Monte Carlo Country Club and the site of the Monte-Carlo Masters tournament and the Stade Louis II. On the latter one he trains off-court.

Activism

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  • First player born in the 1990s to win an ATP World Tour title, to be ranked in the top 10, and to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.
  • Has eight ATP World Tour titles. Every one of his singles titles has been won on hard courts.
  • In 2011 Milos Raonic won an exhibition match against his growing up idol, Pete Sampras.
  • Named 2011 ATP Newcomer of the Year by his fellow players.
  • Launched the Milos Raonic Foundation in 2012 with a dream to help disadvantaged youth through sport. The motto of the Foundation is “support children from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to remove economic, physical and other barriers that might prevent them from becoming healthy, productive members of society. ... In the initial stages of its work, the foundation will focus, in particular, on children with physical disabilities."
  • To this date, the Foundation successfully had awarded $120,000 to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in grants, and $30,000 to the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
  • Nominated 2012 QMI Agency Canadian Male Athlete of the Year, 2013 and 2014 Lionel Conacher Award winner and Sportsnet’s 2013 Canadian Athlete of the Year.
  • Dunked during 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Toronto, helping Canada to win 74-64 over USA.
  • Some young Canadians wrote a song about Raonic and how he’s “revolutionized tennis in Canada”. When asked if he had heard the song, Raonic said “I think it's pretty sweet and nice, especially considering it was a school project actually. Even got the e-mail of one of the kids and sort of sent them thank you for it, because I think it was good on their part.” He added, “But I hope for the kids that they got a good mark on their assignment or maybe the teacher doesn't think I was one of the big things to change in that last week in Canada.”

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