Milos Raonic Splits with Carlos Moya
There must be something in the air. It’s only been a few days since Djokovic and Becker announced they’d parted ways, and now current world number three, Milos Raonic, has followed suit with his own announcement on Instagram;
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Thank you to Carlos Moya for helping me tremendously this year, alongside my team, to get the best out of me. Under Carlos' direction and tutelage I have played my best yet to date. We will no longer be continuing our coaching relationship but remain close friends. I wish him all the best.
Roanic has had a bit of a frustrating 2016 season. It’s undoubtedly been the most successful year of his career so far, but the’s had the misfortune to repeatedly bump up against the wall that has been new world number one, Andy Murray.
The win/loss record between the two currently stands at 9-3 in favour of Murray, so we know Raonic can beat him (indeed, they were all square at 3-3 before this season), the Scot just happened to be on a tear this year. They played a total of six times in 2016, with Murray winning each encounter. These matches included an Australian Open semi final, a Queens Club final, a Wimbledon final, and an ATP World Tour Finals semi final.
Raonic has done very well this season, and had he come up against any other player in those matches it’s very conceivable that he might have had a few more titles to his name. Maybe even a Grand Slam.
In his announcement on Instagram, Raonic acknowledged that the best tennis of his career came under the guidance of Carlos Moya and gave no reason for the split, so it’s reasonable to assume that the parting of ways was for reasons outside of the tennis itself. He also stated that the pair remain “close friends”, so perhaps the partnership has just been a victim of circumstance.
What matters now is how Raonic progresses from here. Coaches play a somewhat enigmatic role in their player’s game. As we saw with Murray, the Wimbledon champion was undoubtedly a great player with or without Ivan Lendl, but it took having the stoic Czech in his corner to push him over the finish line—all of Murray’s Slams, both of his Olympic medals, and his World Tour Final title and subsequent year-end number one ranking have come while Lendl has been on the team.
Raonic’s case isn’t the same, of course. Whereas Murray already had all the tools he needed to win when Lendl joined, Milos still has some areas of his game that could use work, so it’s not just a matter of mentality for the Canadian; there are technical aspects that can be worked on. That being said, he is capable of winning big as things are. He’s already reached a Grand Slam final, and was officially the best player in the world not named Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic.
As to who he’ll end up working with, I wouldn’t even know where to start. It seems to be the fashion lately that top players have to enlist the help of former tennis greats to coach them up, so I’d expect a familiar name in Raonic’s player box some time next year.
I hear Boris Becker’s schedule recently opened up…