US Open 2016: John McEnroe ends Milos Raonic coaching

John McEnroe has ended his spell as a coach to Canadian world number six Milos Raonic before the US Open.

The seven-time major winner joined Raonic’s team in May before the 25-year-old reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, where John McEnroe also did punditry for ESPN and the BBC.

McEnroe was seen with Raonic’s primary coaches Carlos Moya and Riccardo Piatti just days before news of the parting.

He said he would step down “for Milos’ sake, for ESPN and my sake”.

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McEnroe added: “When the US Open starts on Monday, he’s got his people. I’m pulling for him and want him to do well.

“I’d love to see all the guys play their best because I think it’s better for tennis. But it’s best to sort of separate at this stage. It will just make life easier for everyone.”

McEnroe admitted his media commitments “ended up becoming an issue at Wimbledon”, but added he was “open to the possibility” of a second coaching stint should Raonic seek it.

The Canadian faces Germany’s Dustin Brown in the first round at Flushing Meadows.

About John McEnroe

John Patrick McEnroe Jr. (born February 16, 1959) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player, often rated among the greatest of all time in the sport, especially for his touch on the volley.[a] He won seven Grand Slam singles titles (three at Wimbledon and four at the US Open), nine Grand Slam men’s doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He also won a record eight year-end championships, 19 Grand Prix Super Series titles, and finished his career with 77 ATP-listed singles titles and 78 in doubles.

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McEnroe is known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills; for his rivalries with Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl; and for his confrontational on-court behavior, which frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities. In 1981, 1983 and 1984 he was both the ATP player of the year and the ITF World Champion for Men’s singles. His match record of 82–3 in 1984 remains the best single season win rate of the Open Era.

McEnroe is a former Captain of the United States Davis Cup team and as a player was part of five Cup-winning teams. He continues to play tennis and competes in senior events on the ATP Champions Tour. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999 and received the Philippe Chatrier Award in 2007. After his tennis career he became a television commentator, a game show host and a chat show host. Additionally, he has appeared in several films and television shows as himself and has played music live. He has been married since 1997 to musician and former Scandal lead singer Patty Smyth; they have six children between them (two together).

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