Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion John McEnroe will help prepare World No. 9 Milos Raonic for the grass court season this year. (Tennis switches from clay to grass after the French Open as the players prepare for Wimbledon.) Raonic, 25, already has a former World No. 1 coaching him in Carlos Moya. But by adding McEnroe he adds grass court expertise and big championship pedigree. McEnroe won Wimbledon three times; he will play the role of consultant on Raonic’s team. During his illustrious career McEnroe spent a total of 170 weeks as World No. 1.
In an interview after taking the job, McEnroe said Raonic is “one of 5 or 6 guys who can win Wimbledon.” That’s a slim group that presumably contains Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Nadal, and Wawrinka. If Raonic is one of five, that even leaves out one of those guys. If he’s one of six, they’re all in McEnroe’s equation. But Kei Nishikori would be out. Berdych and Tsonga, too. Raonic, a Canadian, lost in the 4th round at Roland Garros.