The injury to Milos Raonic’s right foot — which caused him to retire in his match against Tomas Berdych last week — is a pinched nerve and will not prevent the Canadian from resuming his clay court season.
Raonic complained of numbness in the right foot during a medical timeout at 5-2 in the opening set of his Monte Carlo quarterfinal against Berdych, before calling it a day. A series of tests over the weekend revealed the pinched nerve diagnosis, and Raonic is expected to be fit to play the ATP-1000 series Madrid tour stop, beginning May 3.
The plan is for Raonic to continue on to Italy the following week for the 1000-series event in Rome, prior to the French Open.
In addition to the numbness, Raonic told trainers on-court last week that he was having issues pushing off the right foot on serve, and that his lateral movement was restricted. With some rest and rehabilitation, his camp believes the foot will not be a factor for the two main clay court tournaments prior to Roland Garros.