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Milos Raonic's Good Taste

The up-and-coming tennis star reveals his favorites places to eat and hang —and what he absolutely hates doing.

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic is ready to serve it up.
 
The 22-year-old Canadian tennis star and New Balance athlete will enter the U.S. Open at a career-high 10th seed next week, and Raonic said he’s pumped.
 
“My favorite surface is hard courts, and I’m really looking forward to the U.S. Open,” he said.
 
Here, Raonic talks style, being picky and his other favorite on-court sport.
 
Tennis idol:
“Growing up, it was Pete Sampras. I grew up watching him play all the time. [My parents] would let me wake up any time to watch him play.”
 
Favorite vacation spot:
“The best place is home. I spend about 35 weeks a year on the road, so being home in Toronto — that’s the best place. I’m not a sit-on-the-beach kind of guy.”
 
Best New York eatery:
“A seafood restaurant called Milos — it’s Mediterranean seafood. And no, I don’t have any stake in the name. I wish I did, it’s a good business.”
 
Must-visits at home:
“There is one fusion place, Lee’s — I always go there at least once. And there’s a place called All-Stars, a chicken-wing place. I always go to watch sporting events and chow down on wings.”
 
What people don’t know about me:
“I’m very picky. A lot of the time I know what I want and I want to have it — I’m a little bit of a diva.”
 
Favorite non-tennis sport:
“I like to watch basketball more than tennis. I think basketball players are some of the best athletes in the world.”
 
Pre-match ritual:
“The night before, I tend to always eat steak. That’s a superstitious thing. Filet mignon, medium.”
 
Style inspiration:
“The best-dressed [athlete], consistently, has always been David Beckham. Sometimes, I find that athletes wear too much suit-and-tie, and he keeps it young.”
 
Must-watch TV:
“’Homeland,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Suits.’ We have a lot of time on flights to watch, and it’s always those three shows.”
 
Least-favorite exercise:
“Running. I hate running. It can never come off as appealing.”