Re: Tommy will be going to play with the puppies - RCA Tournament 2006
German Olympic Medialist Returns to Indianapolis first time since 2002
RCA Tennis Championships, July 10, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS… The RCA Championships, which will be held July 15-23 at the Indianapolis Tennis Center on the campus of IUPUI, filled one of its final two wild cards with ATP Tour veteran Tommy Haas.
The 28-year-old Haas, who is currently ranked No. 21 on the INDESIT ATP Rankings, will make his sixth appearance in Indianapolis. His return will be his first since losing in the semifinals to the 2002 singles champions Greg Rusedski.
The German, who has been ranked as high as No.2 in his career, jumped off to a career-best 23-6 start in the first four months of action winning ATP titles in Delray Beach and Memphis. He is currently 30-12 on the year with four of those losses happening at the hands of No. 1 Federer in the semifinals at Doha, Halle, 4th round at Australian Open and the 3rd round at AMS Miami.
“We are excited that the Indianapolis fans will get to see Tommy for the first time since 2002,” said RCA Tournament Director Kevin Martin.
“When Haas turned pro he was looked at carrying the torch for Germany after Boris Becker’s retirement with the talent he has. Haas’ ability has been tempered by an unfortunate string of injuries throughout his career but when he is healthy as he has been this season, he is considered one of the top players in the game.”
Haas finished in the top 50 for the eighth time in nine years in 2005 highlighted by four ATP semifinals. In February he reached back-to-back semifinals in San Jose and Memphis. In May, Haas helped his native country to the ATP World Team Championship over Argentina by winning three of four singles and doubles matches.
Haas, who began playing the game of tennis at the age of four, is a product of the prestigious Nick Bollettieri Academy. In addition to capturing nine career singles titles, owning an 18-4 career Davis Cup record and being named the 2004 ATP Comeback Player of the Year, Haas won the singles silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The RCA Championships still has one remaining wild card to award. “We are still pursing Andre Agassi, Tommy Robredo, Marcos Baghdatis or Donald Young to fill our last spot,” said Martin.
The RCA Championships is a world-class tennis event held annually in Indianapolis. The event, which traces its roots back to 1920, has hosted such notable players as Pete Sampras, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick.