An emotional Milos Raonic dedicated his third round win at the Australian Open on Saturday to the victims of a high school shooting back home in Canada.
Raonic used his post-match, on-court interview to express support for the families and friends of the four people killed in a high school in the remote community of La Loche in the province of Saskatchewan on Friday. It was Canada’s worst such shooting in a quarter of a century.
“It was a difficult day at home. Unfortunately in Saskatchewan there was a shooting at a high school,” a shaken Raonic, close to tears, told the crowd.
“I want to take a moment and give thoughts to that community, the families, the students and the school affected and we wish you all the best.
“Today’s victory was for that community and a quick recovery. All of Canada, and I’m sure the world, is behind you.”
Several other people were critically injured in the incident, Canadian police said, with the suspected shooter taken into custody.
There was no immediate details on the age and identify of the victims.
World number 14 Raonic progressed to the fourth round at Melbourne Park after beating Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. The Canadian next faces the winner of the match between Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka and Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.