Millman falls to Raonic, fails Wimbledon undies challenge

Ian McCullough
Millman falls to Raonic, fails Wimbledon undies challenge

Wimbledon's strict all-white clothing policy has forced John Millman to send his father on an emergency undies run.

Millman was preparing to face Milos Raonic ahead of his 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) second-round defeat, when officials informed the colourful Australian's underwear was too bright for his shorts.

It required his father Ron, known universally as "The Fox", to make a mad dash to a local shop to find smalls more suitable for the tastes of the All England Club.

The affable Queenslander revealed earlier this week his father was on strike one after he left him waiting for two hours after an unsuccessful attempt to negotiate London's public transport system from Heathrow airport.

However, after coming to his rescue, he said The Fox's punishment has been downgraded to half-a-strike.

"I don't know where he got them from, but he walks everywhere. He walks here every day from Clapham," Millman said.

"The Lotto pants this year are really thin, which is good for us, it feels like you are playing naked out there.

"I shouldn't say this, but I have worn those undies, or similar types, for the last few years.

John Millman. Pic: Getty

"But this year they came down hard, as they do. But The Fox delivered. Good man, he has rubbed half a stroke off."

Millman held up well to a serving barrage from Raonic, who leads the championships with 52 aces.

One thunderbolt from the 2016 finalist eclipsed the 236kph mark - just shy of the record 238kph hurled down by giant American Taylor Dent in 2010.

Raonic crunched 32 aces, in a match dominated by serve with Millman very much holding his own with both players being broken just once.

"I thought I served pretty well, missed one or two in the tiebreak and that was the difference," he said.

"I thought he returned well. He picked up one or two from his toes.

"But that is tennis. I knew it was going to be a tough game and I did everything I could out there."

Millman is set to leave London with a new career-high ranking of 51 when the new standings are released next week, but left thinking of what could have been with a kinder draw.

"The way I have been hitting the ball ... I honestly felt I could beat a good few guys that are left in the draw," the 29-year-old said.

"That's not me being cocky or confident. I just thought there was a lot of guys that I could beat. I just come up against a pretty tough test in the big Canadian."