Milos Raonic confronts fear of heights ahead of Portugal Open

Milos Raonic confronts fear of heights ahead of Portugal Open

By Callum Ng

Milos Raonic took on his fear of heights today, by scaling a 100-foot mast, during an off-day prior to this week’s Portugal Open.

According to the ATP’s website, Raonic and WTA no. 33 Elena Vesnina toured a professional sailing boat before getting a view from the top. 

Obviously, Raonic managed not one but two selfies from his summit:

A selfie 100 feet in the air on the mast of a sailboat and I don't like heights! That was fun #Portugal

A photo posted by Milos Raonic (@mraonic) on

The ATP article called Raonic an ‘acrophobiac’ and while we don’t know if this is true, they did quote him as saying, ‘I’m not good with heights so I’m happy I did this.’ His heart rate was apparently in the 140s, which we’re pretty sure is a resting HR for most around the Olympic.ca offices, but for the no. 9 ranked player in the world, 140 is pumping.

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic during his QF loss to Stanislas Wawrinka at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters earlier this month.

The Portugal Open runs until May 4th and is a combined-event, Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard are the two top Canadians in Oeiras. As the clay court season rolls on, Raonic has reached three quarterfinals since the Australian Open. Bouchard semi’d at Charleston in early April and helped Canada to a Fed Cup World Group berth later in the month.

Bouchard is WTA-ranked no. 18 and will play Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova on Tuesday. Raonic awaits the winner of Aleksandr Nedovyesov / Pablo Cuevas.

Cover photo courtesy: ATP Twitter

By Callum Ng

Senior Writer/Producer for Olympic.ca: I tell sport stories. I also like songs and dim sum. Liable to be found rink side, track side, pool side, any side.

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