Tommy Haas finally breaks up with me
Tommy Haas finally hangs up his tennis racket. The 39-year-old resigns.
After more than seven months without an official game, former world number two Tommy Haas has declared his tennis career over. The 39-year-old announced his decision on Thursday on the sidelines of the ATP tournament in Indian Wells, of which he is director, on the Centre Court following his friend Roger Federer’s quarter-final victory over South Korean Chung Hyeon.
“I’m happy to have played tennis professionally for more than two decades,” Haas said under the eyes of legends Rod Laver and Pete Sampras:”The sport gave me valuable friendships, the chance to travel the world and the opportunity to create incredible memories. He also showed me what it means to master challenges, to defend oneself and to overcome them.”
The explanation of the Hamburg native was preceded by a video with career highlights, which was broadcast on the video screen. Haas, who died 3. He continued to thank his family for”all the love and support they have given me over the years. And to the fans, thank you so much for cheering me on throughout my career.”
There had been some confusion about Haas’ future on the ATP tour recently:”It is quite possible that my victory against Roger Federer in Stuttgart in June 2017 was my last singles victory and my match against Jan-Lennard Struff in Kitzbühel in August 2017 my last singles match on the ATP tour,” Haas told the Californian newspaper Desert Sun in mid-February.
As a result, many media reported about the career end of the former number two. Haas’ management denied and explained that the right-hander wanted to “keep open the possibility of competing again in the double competition on the ATP tour”. Haas is also planning several show matches and participation in the American Champions Tour.
Haas won 15 professional tour titles and Olympic silver medal in Sydney in 2000. He was denied a Grand Slam title. A total of nine operations, four of them on the right shoulder, kept throwing him back. Haas has lived in the USA for years, is engaged to the actress Sara Foster and has two daughters with her.