Milos Raonic says playing tennis through the pandemic is ‘not psychologically healthy’

Milos Raonic has been speaking about the impact of playing tennis amid a global pandemic and the negative implications on him as a player.

Raonic has had a fairly successful season so far reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open before the lockdown came into force.

He’s since reached an ATP final in Cincinnati and semi-finals in Delray Beach, St. Petersburg and the recent Paris Masters this week where he lost to tournament winner Daniil Medvedev.

But the Canadian has admitted that the difficulty of playing through these times, going from one tournament bubble to another has taken its toll and if the 2021 season continues this way then he’ll play less.

“If it’s like this week in and week out, and you know you’re going to have the possibility to play a full season, I’ll be playing much less because a lot of things will carry over from this year,” Milos Raonic revealed.

“Especially under the conditions of not being able to leave the hotel room, it’s just not something that’s psychologically healthy for me or even just for the soul, and I have to have a little bit of freedom in that sense.

“Under those conditions for long bouts of time, it’s not something that I’m going to be looking forward to.”

“I think tennis is one of the least important things right now. I don’t see my family, I haven’t seen my parents for a year and I usually spend a lot of time with them.

“When I can, between one tournament and another, I am always with them. All these things weigh, as does the uncertainty about the next opportunity I will have to meet them.”

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