Milos Raonic’s Unusual Plan to Win the U.S. Open

Milos Raonic talks diet, training regime, and a killer serve

Tennis star Milos Raonic talking about his diet, training regime, and a killer serve.

Posted by Men’s Journal on Thursday, August 25, 2016

With the U.S. Open rapidly approaching — it kicks off August 29 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York — Milos Raonic is keeping busy with long training days, scrupulously focusing on injury prevention, and eating clean to keep his body fueled (No red meat! No gluten! Plenty of avocados!). And with good reason: the 25-year-old Canadian tennis star is heading into the event ranked sixth overall. 

On behalf of Zepp, a tennis training app and swing analyzer, we chatted with Raonic to hear about his diet and training changes since we last caught up with him. First off, he’s spending more time preparing off-court than he is on: “If I spend two hours training, I’ll probably spend at least two or three hours at the gym or on a massage table trying to do some work to prevent injuries and be in optimal shape.” He's also come to love stretching in silence — where he can focus on breathing and his mind-body connection to reap stretching's benefits. And while he’s known for dominating with his serve, this season, he’s trying not to overthink it too much (though he admits that he still typically serves 100–200 balls a day). Ultimately, his U.S. Open strategy boils down to “Do everything I can to win!” as he jokingly quips. Watch our video to learn more about his one-of-a-kind approach to bettering his best game.