Milos Raonic has called for a somewhat interesting change to the tennis calendar as he believes shortening the tennis season would reduce the number of injuries players suffer from.
The 27-year-old Canadian was one of many players to end their season prematurely as a result of injury.
And in a recent interview as quoted by Punto de Break, he said, “I think that we should start in January because there is the Australian swing and end with the American swing, so that there is a eight-month calendar in order to take a rest and be fit.
“I think they should think about it,” he said.
Raonic also cited Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and more as examples to drive home his point.
“You have five of the best players in the world of 2016 not ending 2017 due to injuries.
“Murray, Stan (Wawrinka) and Novak were out since Wimbledon. That’s half a year. I played because I hoped to do something but I wasn’t fit enough to play. And Kei (Nishikori) was out for a while too,” the 2016 Wimbledon finalist added.
“We play for 11 months. It would be totally different if we played in a continent during 11 months, but we are travelling over the world.
“I think that there is much space where tennis loses its consistency and attention by fans,” he further stressed.
Raonic, who’s ranked 24th in the world, is set to play his first tournament of the 2018 season in Brisbane.