Raonic dedicates win to La Loche victims

Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:42pm EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Milos Raonic dedicated his third-round win over Viktor Troicki at the Australian Open on Saturday to victims of the school shooting that rocked the remote Canadian town of La Loche.

Four people were killed and several injured in the shooting on Friday in Canada's worst school violence in years.

"Today before I stepped out on court it was a difficult day back home," Canadian Raonic told the crowd in a courtside interview after completing an emphatic 6-2 6-3 6-4 win over Serb Troicki on Margaret Court Arena.

"There was a shooting at a high school. I want to take a moment to give thoughts to that community.

"We wish you all the best.

"Today's victory was for that community and (to wish) a quick recovery. All of Canada and I'm sure the world is behind you."

Mass shootings are rare in Canada, which has stricter gun laws than the United States.

Raised in Toronto, 13th seed Raonic found out about the shooting after warming up in the morning and had to push it out of his mind before taking on Troicki.   Continued...

Canada's Milos Raonic talks about the Saskatchewan school shooting in Canada, after winning his third round match against Serbia's Viktor Troicki at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter