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Article: Milos Raonic Galo Blanco Admits They Had A Close Emotional Relationship

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August 8, 2013, 4:11 PM

Milos Raonic’s former coach, Galo Blanco returned to the ATP World Tour this week for the first time since parting ways with Canada’s top-ranked men’s player in May. And in his first public comments since the departure, Blanco told Sportsnet in an exclusive interview that the extended time away from the game was a direct result of the emotional goodbye with his former pupil.

“It took me awhile to recover. It was a really close relationship,” Blanco said. “I was giving all my life for him, it was really tough to be honest. That’s why I took my two or three months. I needed it because it was a very intense two and a half years. ”

At the time of the change, Raonic released the following statement: “I’m very grateful for everything Galo has done with me and my tennis. He helped me grow as a tennis player and as a person. I wouldn’t be where I am without him. We decided mutually it’s time to move in a different coaching direction and I wish him all the best in the future.”

Blanco is working with the 33rd-ranked player in the world, Jurgen Melzer, through the U.S. Open. Invariably, in the close-knit world of the tour, he will cross paths with Raonic soon — Raonic and Melzer are reportedly slated to partner in doubles in Cincinnati — and Blanco is hoping they will have their first extended conversation since the split.

“There’s been a gap (in communication) over the last two months but I don’t have any problem with him, I wish him all the best,” Blanco said. “I’m always going to want the best for him.”

Despite guiding Raonic during a time when the Canadian won four titles and reached seven finals, Blanco has come under fire from people inside and outside the game, including Raonic’s youth coach. The criticisms range from Raonic playing too deep behind the baseline to adopting a style too passive for his power game. It’s something Blanco said doesn’t faze him.

“I really don’t care. I’m happy with my work,” Blanco said. “Everyone has an opinion. I talk about soccer without knowing anything about it. Everybody’s going to talk, and most of the time they’re going to be wrong. But I’d like to think they don’t mean to (criticize me personally).”

Blanco said nothing that’s happened in 2013 has changed his belief that Raonic can become a top-five player in the future. However, the 36-year old disagreed with the premise that Raonic needed a new coach to reach those loftier heights.

“I would say he was playing really good until (the change). He was winning a lot of matches and I don’t know, maybe he was expecting something more.”

Raonic had an 18-7 record at the time of the change. He’s won just five of 11 matches since.

“Even during clay court season, he reached the semis in Barcelona, he lost in the third set in Monte Carlo. I thought he was playing well but sometimes, when the (player-coach) relationship is going over two, three years, it can burn and this is what happened I think. It was already a long relationship and this is probably why he decided to separate.”

Blanco and Raonic had a very unique dynamic — the Spaniard was more brother than father figure, more likely to challenge than coddle — and while that likely meant a long-term partnership was never in the cards, Blanco has no regrets.

“I think it’s always good to have that kind of relationship because you’re always going to speak face to face, which to me is very important, and probably there’s a risk involved with that as well,” Blanco said. “But I’m very proud with what I did, and the relationship that we had.”

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I'm not sure what went on, but it sure didn't seem to be Galo's fault.

Even those last few matches he lost before they split were due to Raonic's choking more than anything else (a lot of double faults on 3rd set tiebreaks).

Then the stupid advice from the media afterwards on not being aggressive enough, shortening the points (even more), etc. Just dumb advice from clueless nobodies, including Milos' former club coach.

I think he would've done better against Rafa last Sunday with Blanco, but maybe a change is still better, for the long run.
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Reading between the lines, it seems to me that Galo is indicating he and Milos weren't just coach and pupil they were something more possibly romantically involved in a gay relationship.

Galo uses words such as "very intense two and a half years", "very close relationship" he says he needed "two to three months to recover".

Galo also says he "gave his life" to Milos it doesn't sound like a regular tennis player and coaching relationship to me.

I don't understand why Galo Blanco can't just say he and Milos were gay lovers? It is pretty obvious. If you go to Milos twitter account and see the photos he posted of himself and Galo Blanco I never had the impression they were just a tennis player and a coach. They always seemed something was different about them something more emotional, more romantic.

It seemed to me, this wasn't just a coach and a tennis player parting ways, this was a gay relationship, and they Milos and Galo broke up.

The break up affected both men, Milos went into a funk for a few months and Galo disappeared but now we know the reason why.

I always wondered if on the ATP Tour if these "relationships" between a player and a coach occur on the ATP Tour as they often occur on the WTA Tour. Serena Williams is dating her coach, and many WTA players actually marry their coaches.

After all, why would it take "two or three months for Galo to recover" when Milos and him were just a tennis player and a coach?


Seems like Galo Blanco is saying the same thing happened between him and Milos Raonic they weren't just friends something else was going on behind the scenes which will come out eventually like it always does.

It seems like Galo was devastated when Milos ended the relationship on and off the court. Galo also seems upset that Milos hasn't contacted him in the past two months they aren't communicating anymore which is sad.

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^ Haha, wtf, it's possible to have a close relationship without sucking each other's cocks . . . !

It's a job you wake up to every single day and invest in physically, mentally, and emotionally. It's not easy to just cut it off and walk away from it.

I have to say, the best coaching relationships seem to have nothing to with coaching skills, but more to do with the 'connection' between pupil and coach: Novak and Marian, Rafa and Tio Toni, Andy and Lendl.

Brad Gilbert's different, but I have my own theories on his 'success' as a coach, which I can't say on here.
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Reading between the lines, it seems to me that Galo is indicating he and Milos weren't just coach and pupil they were something more possibly romantically involved in a gay relationship.

Galo uses words such as "very intense two and a half years", "very close relationship" he says he needed "two to three months to recover".
Umm...no. Not sure why you would read into those statements in that way.
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^ Haha, wtf, it's possible to have a close relationship without sucking each other's cocks . . . !

It's a job you wake up to every single day and invest in physically, mentally, and emotionally. It's not easy to just cut it off and walk away from it.

I have to say, the best coaching relationships seem to have nothing to with coaching skills, but more to do with the 'connection' between pupil and coach: Novak and Marian, Rafa and Tio Toni, Andy and Lendl.

Brad Gilbert's different, but I have my own theories on his 'success' as a coach, which I can't say on here.
I wasn't talking about sex, I was talking about LOVE. It is obvious reading this article Galo Blanco was in love and totally 100% devoted to Milos Raonic.

It is obvious reading Galo's comments he was in LOVE with Milos and he's devastated that they broke up.

I don't know why people don't realize there are probably numerous gay relationships between a tennis player and a coach on the ATP Tour? Do you really think everyone is straight?

I get that a coaching and pupil relationship is close, but from reading this article and reading Galo's words they weren't just friends they were something more, something romantic they were in LOVE WITH EACH OTHER.

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Three years ago, when Raonic first became noticed, I felt he should be coming to the net more, because he has naturally good hands. I'm glad that Ljubicic is encouraging him to come to the net more often (and I told Ljubicic this recently while Raonic was practicing).
Though he has good hands, he still doesn't know when to come to the net, and when not to. During a practice set (with Istomin), Raonic suddenly came to the net when he had no business doing so. As I was thinking 'What on Earth is he doing?', Ljubicic was thinking the same thing, as he threw his arms up in the air as if to say "Why are you going to the net on that shot - that's crazy!" It was actually funny, because it looked as if Raonic just wanted to prove that he could be aggressive, and forced it - because it was not at all the time to go to the net.

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I wasn't talking about sex, I was talking about LOVE. It is obvious reading this article Galo Blanco was in love and totally 100% devoted to Milos Raonic.

It is obvious reading Galo's comments he was in LOVE with Milos and he's devastated that they broke up.

I don't know why people don't realize there are probably numerous gay relationships between a tennis player and a coach on the ATP Tour? Do you really think everyone is straight?

I get that a coaching and pupil relationship is close, but from reading this article and reading Galo's words they weren't just friends they were something more, something romantic they were in LOVE WITH EACH OTHER.

There really should be a separate section in this forum for ridiculous, nonsense posts like this.
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Reading between the lines, it seems to me that Galo is indicating he and Milos weren't just coach and pupil they were something more possibly romantically involved in a gay relationship.

Galo uses words such as "very intense two and a half years", "very close relationship" he says he needed "two to three months to recover".

Galo also says he "gave his life" to Milos it doesn't sound like a regular tennis player and coaching relationship to me.

I don't understand why Galo Blanco can't just say he and Milos were gay lovers? It is pretty obvious. If you go to Milos twitter account and see the photos he posted of himself and Galo Blanco I never had the impression they were just a tennis player and a coach. They always seemed something was different about them something more emotional, more romantic.

It seemed to me, this wasn't just a coach and a tennis player parting ways, this was a gay relationship, and they Milos and Galo broke up.

The break up affected both men, Milos went into a funk for a few months and Galo disappeared but now we know the reason why.

I always wondered if on the ATP Tour if these "relationships" between a player and a coach occur on the ATP Tour as they often occur on the WTA Tour. Serena Williams is dating her coach, and many WTA players actually marry their coaches.

After all, why would it take "two or three months for Galo to recover" when Milos and him were just a tennis player and a coach?


Seems like Galo Blanco is saying the same thing happened between him and Milos Raonic they weren't just friends something else was going on behind the scenes which will come out eventually like it always does.

It seems like Galo was devastated when Milos ended the relationship on and off the court. Galo also seems upset that Milos hasn't contacted him in the past two months they aren't communicating anymore which is sad.
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So what? A lot of married men have gay relationships with other men. Marriage doesn't mean anything these days.
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well, it does sound a bit more than just a coach/pupil relationship, Blanco indeed uses words unusual for such a working relationship, but the big brother comment dismisses a bit the whole thing.

Anyways, i believe it might have been a mistake from Milos to separate with Blanco (professionally) and the results perhaps prove such a thing, regardless of the final, reached with far from convincing tennis and favorable draw.

But at first sight it looks good for him, Masters final, top 10, great. Might not look that great in 6 months, but i wish him well.

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^ Haha, wtf, it's possible to have a close relationship without sucking each other's cocks . . . !

It's a job you wake up to every single day and invest in physically, mentally, and emotionally. It's not easy to just cut it off and walk away from it.

I have to say, the best coaching relationships seem to have nothing to with coaching skills, but more to do with the 'connection' between pupil and coach: Novak and Marian, Rafa and Tio Toni, Andy and Lendl.

Brad Gilbert's different, but I have my own theories on his 'success' as a coach, which I can't say on here.
I think they were CLOSE FRIENDS. It's possible to care about someone and even love someone without it being sexual. Heck.. most friends do love each other in a platonic way, and I think that's what he meant. Besides.. Galo Blanco is Spanish, and they're a bit more open about their feelings down there, not as uptight and socially conservative as for example Americans.

Two guys can have a close relationship without being gay. Just saying.

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