Raonic says recovery from surgery going well

NEW YORK — Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic says he’s recovering well from the left wrist surgery that forced him to miss the U.S. Open.

And while the No. 11 ranked player couldn’t compete at Flushing Meadows this year, he says it was “fun to watch” fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov make a deep run at the Grand Slam tournament.

The Thornhill, Ont., product, who had surgery on his wrist last month, touched on both subjects Wednesday night when he joined Chris Fowler and former coach John McEnroe in the ESPN broadcast booth during Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro’s quarter-final match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“It’s been a little tough to swallow, especially the timing of it all, but thankfully it’s all going well,” Raonic said of his injury and rehab process.

Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champ, underwent three wrist surgeries over the last few years but Raonic told McEnroe and Fowler that his own surgery was less extensive than del Potro’s had been.

“From what I understand, when he had his he had to have stuff done to the actual structure of the joint,” the 26-year-old Canadian said. “Mine was just simply a cleaning. Nothing’s changed in my wrist, I just took out some garbage that was around there.”

“Hopefully it makes my backhand better,” he added with a laugh. ”I could use that.”

Raonic said he had been following Shapovalov “very closely” at the U.S. Open and was impressed with the 18-year-old.

The left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., made it to the fourth round before losing to Pablo Carreno Busta at Flushing Meadows. That performance came three weeks after making it to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

“It’s been fun to watch,” Raonic said of Shapovalov. “Montreal, here, both of them, he stepped up when he had the opportunities and for myself it was especially fun to watch being Canadian.

“He plays with that fire, he uses the crowd well, He’s stepped up when he had the chance.”

Just Posted

Quebec man arrested in slaying of Alberta woman 16 years ago

AIRDRIE, Alta. — A Quebec man has been arrested in the slaying… Continue reading

Construction underway at Medicine River Wildlife Centre in Red Deer

The new building is twice the size of the old one

Fish for free

No license is required to ice fish on Family Day weekend

Music industry struggles to shake ugly legacy of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll

TORONTO — Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer rings in the Chinese New Year

A couple hundred fill Festival Holiday to ring in the Year of the Dog

WATCH Replay Red Deer Feb. 18: Your weekly news highlights

Watch news from Red Deer and Central Alberta

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Trump gets angry about election meddling, but not at Russia

‘Weirdest thing’: Trump expresses anger, but not over Russian election-meddling

New doping charge could hurt Russia’s chance at reinstatement

Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky.

#Metoo movement causing confusion in many men, fear of missteps with women: experts

Being painted by the same sweeping brush as those alleged to have mistreated women has angered men

Virtue and Moir break their own world record

Virtue and Moir break short dance record to sit first in ice dance at Olympics

Calgary man dies in Mexico following sudden illness

Troy Black was with his wife, Lindsay, in Puerto Vallarta when he began vomiting blood on Thursday

Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect… Continue reading

Man who stole millions from Seabird Island band sentenced to 4.5 years jail

Stephen MacKinnon sentenced in Chilliwack court for stealing $2.3 million over eight years

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month