Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic will be undergoing surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his right foot.
Raonic confirmed the plan for surgery on Twitter Saturday. He added that he has withdrawn from the upcoming Internazionali BNL d’Italia tournament in Rome, the next stop on the ATP World Tour, in order “to be ready to compete as soon as possible.”
The injury was sustained shortly before Raonic played at the Monte Carlo Masters. Raonic withdrew from the quarter-finals there, allowing his opponent, the Czech Tomas Berdych, to advance to the semifinals.
Raonic’s spokesperson, Austin Nunn, said Saturday that the injury was only to the nerve, and that there was no physical muscle damage to the foot.
“That’s the good news. The bad news is every single time (he steps) it literally feels like he’s stepping on a tack or jellyfish, is the equivalent,” Nunn said.
“He’s pushed through it. That’s why this week it looked like he was grimacing almost every single time he was stepping — because he was.”
Raonic was initially presented with two options from doctors – to undergo treatments and rest, or surgery.
“In our business, we try not to do surgery whenever possible,” Nunn said. “It is just, it’s still surgery. There’s always a risk.”
Raonic pulled out of Barcelona to attempt the treatments and rest, but that route was unsuccessful.
Nunn said the doctor able to perform the required surgery is available next week, which is why Raonic pulled suddenly out of Rome, despite playing Friday in Madrid.
“He is trying to get ready to play the French Open,” Nunn said. “Rome is unfortunately just when the surgery can be done.”
After the surgery, Raonic will be immobile for a day or two, and recovery time is estimated at around a week-and-a-half to two weeks.
Qualifiers for the French Open begin May 19, with the first round scheduled to start on May 24.
“We’re cutting it really close,” Nunn acknowledged.