I have great admiration for Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic.
The rising talent from Thornhill, Ontario announced today he will skip the 2011 United States Open in favour of Davis Cup qualifying, where he will suit up for Canada starting September 16 in Israel.
He is basically going to rest his hip for an event that he does not see any financial revenue come his way. It is an international tournament where basically pride is on the line.
The last time Canada advanced for the Davis Cup was in 2004. That year the Canadians lost to Holland 4-1.
Prior to that year, Canada participated at the 1913, 1921 and 1991, and 1992 Davis Cups, In 1913, Canada, led by Robert Powell and Bernard Schwengers, advanced to the final, defeating South Africa in the quarterfinals and Belgium in the semi-finals, before losing to the United States in the final. In 1921, Canada lost to Australia 5-0 in the opening round and in 1991, Canada lost to Spain. In 1992, Daniel Nestor upset world number one Stefan Edberg of Sweden and Grant Connell defeated Magnus Gustafsson in Vancouver. Sweden won 3-2 however.