Milos Raonic names former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek new coach

Canadian Milos Raonic officially made Richard Krajicek his new coach on Monday.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., was looking for a new coach after parting ways with Spain’s Carlos Moya earlier in December. Krajicek, who won his only Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 1996, played a very similar style to Raonic, relying on his big serve throughout his career.

“Today was my first practice with Richard Krajicek. It’s great to have Richard, alongside my team, for the upcoming season in my attempt to reach new and higher goals in 2017,” said Raonic in a post on his verified Instagram account. “I worked with Richard for a few days already last year before Australian Open and I am sure Richard with his experience and being a Wimbledon champion can help me reach my goals. I look forward to doing great things together.”

Raonic finished the ATP season ranked third worldwide, the highest a Canadian singles tennis player has ever been rated.

That career-best year included a semifinal appearance at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, where he fell to eventual champion Andy Murray. Raonic also reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.

Krajicek previously worked with reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka for this year’s grass-court season.

Raonic will open his 2017 campaign by defending his Brisbane International title on Jan. 1.

Article Written by The Canadian Press of Sportsnet