“The Real Deal” – John McEnroe
“A new star…the sky’s the limit” – Martina Navratilova
“A future superstar” – Sydney Morning Herald
Those are just a few of the phrases being used to describe Canadian tennis sensation Milos Raonic. The 20-year old from Thornhill has been a sensation in 2011, thrilling tennis fans from all over the world with his exciting play, down to earth personality, and crazily ferocious serve. He is currently ranked #29 in the ATP rankings, making him the highest ranked Canadian male singles player ever. EVER – and remember…he is only 20 years old. The sky really is the limit.
If it seems like a meteoric rise for Raonic it’s because it truly was: he entered 2011 ranked 152nd in the world. But in the space of a single, solitary month he skyrocketed up the world rankings to 37th – and has kept climbing ever since. Advancing to the fourth round in a Grand Slam tournament (the Australian Open), then nearly winning back-to-back titles will have that kind of impact. Despite injuring his hip in a freak fall at Wimbledon, Raonic has rebounded nicely, currently enjoying success in the Stockholm Masters event and helping Canada advance to the World Group in the Davis Cup for the first time since 2004.
In other words, he is morphing into the Jose Bautista of Canadian tennis.
And now, you have the chance to see Milos in action, live and in person at the Air Canada Centre, as he takes on tennis legend Pete Sampras!
Dubbed “The Face Off: Hero and Prodigy”, the Raonic / Sampras match is the highlight of the first ever tennis event held within the confines of the ACC. The battle will take place on Thursday November 17th at 7 PM.
And you – my loyal 500 Level Fan readers – have an exclusive opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the event courtesy of the title sponsor of both Milos Raonic and “The Face Off” event – SAP Canada.
You’re probably asking yourself two questions right about now:
1. Why is 500 Level Fan, devoted blog of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, writing a post about tennis?
The answer is easy – sports pride. I love the Blue Jays, and I know all the readers of these posts love the Blue Jays. But as a Toronto based baseball fan, I know that I share something else in common with other Toronto based baseball fans: a passion for sports, and the thrill you get when a local guy makes it big. The thrill is especially intensified when the local guy makes it big in a sport that Canadians traditionally do not enjoy a lot of success in. Think of how pumped we all were when Donovan Bailey won the 100 metre dash in 1996, when Mike Weir won the 2003 Masters, or when Toronto’s own Joey Votto won the 2010 NL MVP Award.
That is the kind of excitement that we all feel for Milos. As I said before – he is the Jose Bautista of Canadian tennis. You never want to miss an at bat (or a tournament).
2. How can I win tickets?
It’s quite simple actually. There are two ways:
- head over to the official SAP Canada Milos Raonic contest page and click “Enter to Win”.
- simply make a comment to this blog post in the comments section at the bottom. Make it witty. Make it funny. Make it factual, lyrical, outrageous, truthful, or anything else you can think of. On November 8th, a representative ffom SMG on behalf of SAP will choose a winner from the comments. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to the event. In other words – the best comment wins.
(Be sure to put your email address in the comment box so you can be contacted).
So that’s it.
And make sure you comment!
After all, is there a better way to fill the long, cold, no-Blue Jays void than with a little tennis?
Didn’t think so.