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watch raonic go out on his grass.


GRASS-COURT tennis has always been easy on the eye - even when Lindsay Davenport (above) was playing.

It doesn't make your socks go red, like clay-court tennis; it doesn't make that soullessly hollow sound, like indoor tennis; and it doesn't make the ball loop a mile in the air, like my tennis.

That famous bumscratching-girl poster of the 70s - it wouldn't have been such a wow had the court not been a grass one.

Ha, ha, got yer! It was a hard court - how could you not have noticed? I bring this up because some players are born to play on the green stuff while some look as ineffective on a grass court as an English player on any court.

Look at Canadian giant Milos Raonic (below), who, according to tennis websites, was born in Montenegro, but was obviously born in a greenhouse.

Ranked eighth in the world, the 24-year-old will be heavily backed at Wimbledon after reaching the semi-finals last year.

But, despite a booming serve that is tailor-made for Wimbledon, I'll be happy to back against Raonic at every opportunity later this month, principally because it will mean I still have some dough left.

Watching him lose in the quarter-final at Queen's yesterday, you sense that if his serve was 20 per cent less effective, he'd struggle to be in the top 200. In fact, he'd probably be English.

So, there is my first Wimbledon tip of the year - oppose Raonic.

More immediately, get on his conqueror Gilles Simon at an absurdly generous 11-8 to beat Raonic clone Kevin Anderson in today's Queen's semi-final.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 20, 2015
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