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Milos Raonic skips Olympics due to health concerns

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Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic will skip the Rio Olympics “for a variety of health concerns including the uncertainty around the Zika virus,” according to his social media.

Raonic, 25 and ranked No. 7 in the world, became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon earlier this month. He was beaten by Olympic champion Andy Murray in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2).

Raonic lost in the second round of his Olympic debut in London to France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Raonic is the second man ranked in the top 15 to skip the Olympics, joining No. 9 Dominic Thiem of Austria.

The only woman in the top 20 slated to miss Rio is No. 6 Viktoria Azarenka, who is pregnant.

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Top 30 men’s singles players missing Rio Olympics
No. 7 — Milos Raonic (CAN)
No. 9 — Dominic Thiem (AUT)
No. 16 — John Isner (USA)
No. 18 — Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
No. 19 — Bernard Tomic (AUS)
No. 20 — Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
No. 21 — Lucas Pouille (FRA)
No. 23 — Benoit Paire (FRA)
No. 29 — Sam Querrey (USA)

It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my withdrawal from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. After much…

Posted by Milos Raonic on Friday, July 15, 2016

Canada’s Rio Olympic promo video shot outdoors in winter

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Team Canada filmed its 100 days out Rio Olympic promo video in the heart of winter.

Olympic hopefuls including tennis player Milos Raonic braved February temperatures in the Ontario township of Tiny for the shoot. It took place over two days on a remote beach on the Georgian Bay.

The Canadian Olympic Committee Rio 2016 brand campaign is titled “Ice In Our Veins,” two years after the Sochi Olympic slogan of “We Are Winter.”

“I never played tennis with spikes on my shoes, that’s for sure,” Raonic said in a press release. “I think [the video] is something that will resonate not only throughout Canada, but I think many parts of the world.”

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