A few of the past Wimbledon champions watching this year’s tournament would disagree, but big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic reckons grass courts do not allow for great tennis.
Raonic and compatriot Eugenie Bouchard, a fan of the grass, both advanced to the third round on Thursday, in what is now a regular strong showing at grand slams by Canadian players.
Boasting a game that looks tailor-made for the silky All England Club lawns, a monstrous first serve and clubbing groundstrokes, 23-year-old Raonic slammed the surface despite progressing further in the tournament than ever before.
“I don’t think, really, that’s it’s a surface anybody can say they play their best tennis on,” Raonic, who beat American Jack Sock 6-3 6-4 6-4, told reporters.
“I think it’s a matter of playing less worse than you do on other surfaces.”
Seasoned Wimbledon watchers would disagree, pointing rightly to the sublime entertainment served up by the likes of past masters John McEnroe and Boris Becker – both three-time champions here – and this year’s fourth seed Roger Federer, who is gunning for an