Top Canadian Milos Raonic announced on Thursday afternoon that he would be forced to withdraw from the 2015 French Open. It appears the world No. 6 was unable to recover from right foot surgery in time to prepare himself for competitive play at the Grand Slam level.
“I am sad to have to unfortunately announce my withdrawal from 2015’s Roland Garros,” said Raonic. “I tried my best to be back on court and healthy in time after surgery but after consulting with my team and doctors, I made a decision to withdraw from this year’s tournament and make sure I am able to return return to the court at one hundred per cent. My rehab will continue this week and I will shortly begin preparations for a strong Queens Club and Wimbledon.”
Raonic, who dealt with right foot issues over the past couple of months, underwent surgery last week to aleviate a condition known as Morton’s Neuroma. It is a painful condition that involves the thickening of the tissue around a nerve leading to a toe. Due to this condition, he was forced to retire from the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event and later withdrew from the Rome Masters.
Raonic had quarter-final points to defend at this year’s tournament, where he lost to Novak Djokovic last season. The tournament is set to begin on Sunday, May 24th in Paris.