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Haas withdraws from Australian Open

KarstenBraasch#1
01-09-2004, 06:41 PM
http://de.sports.yahoo.com/040109/8/3tz3c.html

He keeps talking and talking about how fit and ready he is. But I saw him serving recently and it didn't look too good, the serves were about 100 km/h. :o

MisterQ
01-09-2004, 06:42 PM
Suspected this was coming, but :sad:

CooCooCachoo
01-09-2004, 06:52 PM
Oh well.... I am slowly forgetting about Tommy Haas! Don't consider him a valuable asset to the game anyway. I guess the woman that sent him a picture of her laying naked on a car begs to differ...

TheBoiledEgg
01-09-2004, 06:56 PM
not good :sad: :( :(

think thats gonna be it with TOmmy

Deboogle!.
01-09-2004, 07:08 PM
awwww that's too bad. When a player has to quit, you at least want it to be on THEIR terms.

I don't know German, why did he say he's pulling out if he says he's fit enough?

CooCooCachoo
01-09-2004, 07:21 PM
Bunk,

Tommy Haas just says he is not ready for a best of 5 match at a Grand Slam tournament. Also it is:

Kein Weltuntergang

Ergo, not the end of the world. He states that he still believes in a comeback. His shoulder is holding out fine, but his serve seems to be the problem. He doesn't want to risk anything with an early, or too early, comeback on tour. Therefore, he is taking it step by step. And he will still be the number nine of the world, if he comes back.

So, to answer your question, he says he is fitter than he has ever been, but that his serve is the big problem that prohibits him from making a comeback.

I agree with you that it is a pity if he would have to leave the Tour because of an injury. However, I do think he will come back!

--------
Martijn

Lee
01-09-2004, 07:24 PM
awwww that's too bad. When a player has to quit, you at least want it to be on THEIR terms.

I don't know German, why did he say he's pulling out if he says he's fit enough?

It seems his shoulder hurts if plays too long and AO is best of 5 which is not good.

jtipson
01-09-2004, 07:26 PM
He says in that article that he's not ready for a 5 set GS match. His arm muscles couldn't take that kind of punishment. After such a long layoff it doesn't really matter about delaying the comeback one, two or three weeks more, and says it's not the end of the world. He says he's fit and moving better than ever, but waiting for his serve to get back to 110%, then he'll be ready to win matches.
Obviously he doesn't want to come back too early and waste his protected ranking.

Havok
01-09-2004, 08:06 PM
100 k/h or 100 mph? if its k/h then thats even slower than the weak 2nd serves the girls serve up over at the WTA

Deboogle!.
01-09-2004, 08:17 PM
thanks all :kiss:

He sounds like he has a good head about it. It's too bad he has to miss AO but if he can come back and be better than he would be, then that's probably the right decision!

jrm
01-09-2004, 09:55 PM
Reas that he has committed to play in WORLD TEAM CUP. Honestly, last year he was commentating on DSF Rainer Schuettler's from Toronto/Cincinnatti and he was very confident then that he will be joining the tour soon. Maybe mental problems?

Lee
01-09-2004, 10:25 PM
Reas that he has committed to play in WORLD TEAM CUP. Honestly, last year he was commentating on DSF Rainer Schuettler's from Toronto/Cincinnatti and he was very confident then that he will be joining the tour soon. Maybe mental problems?

:confused: :confused: That's the time Tommy just had his 2nd surgery on his shoulder. How could he say he would join the tour soon?

Ma. Estefania
01-09-2004, 11:12 PM
Too bad....I'm also kind of forgetting him already....how long has he been out of action? :confused:

Lee
01-09-2004, 11:14 PM
Too bad....I'm also kind of forgetting him already....how long has he been out of action? :confused:

Haas played his latest ATP match on Oct 30, 2002 :sad: :sad:

Ma. Estefania
01-09-2004, 11:20 PM
Wow :eek:

It's a lot of time already! :eek:

Lee
01-09-2004, 11:21 PM
Wow :eek:

It's a lot of time already! :eek:


That's why Haas is not even on the ranking list now!

Devotee
01-09-2004, 11:22 PM
This makes me so sad for Tommy. I feel like crying.

Buddy
01-10-2004, 02:41 AM
Ok, maybe he's right about not being fit enough to play a five setter yet... and no point forcing him to join the AO if he's gonna be thrashed the first round....

But how about joining some smaller tournaments with 3 setters and attempting to gain some confidence back? Even safin's return last year wasn't smooth... but he came back anyway...

I hope he returns soon....

J. Corwin
01-10-2004, 04:32 AM
I've been forgetting about Tommy as well. Hopefully he'll continue to recover and develop his serve so he'll be back by Miami time.

esther
01-10-2004, 05:13 AM
:sad:

CooCooCachoo
01-10-2004, 06:53 AM
Now it's sad for him personally, but I don't consider his absence on the Tour a loss for the sport in general. I think the game has actually become more interesting since, and obviously not because, Tommy 'left' because of an injury. I never really enjoyed watching his matches, so why would I do that when he comes back? Self-evidently, I do hope he will recover, for him personally.

Devotee
01-10-2004, 06:27 PM
If Haas has a protected ranking of 9, then when he returns to the
tour, will the current #9 player be moved to 10 and the current
#10 player to 11 and so forth?

Tricky_Forehand
01-10-2004, 10:32 PM
If Haas has a protected ranking of 9, then when he returns to the
tour, will the current #9 player be moved to 10 and the current
#10 player to 11 and so forth?

No, the #9 is a protected ranking which allows him to be entered in a tournament without a wildcard or having to play the quallies. He'll have that protected ranking for 6 months or a certain number of tournaments, whichever comes first. And he doesn't have to use the protected ranking at every tournament he enters if he wants to use it for higher profile tournaments.

Hope this helped.

jrm
01-10-2004, 11:40 PM
Protective ranking isn't that favourable in men's tennis. Would have been better if he started in qulies instead of the main draws.

Leo
01-11-2004, 12:11 AM
not good :sad: :( :(

think thats gonna be it with TOmmy

:shrug: :shrug:

This withdrawal was definitely expected. It would have been horribly stupid to return for the Australian having not played a single match in about 15 months and would have resulted in a definite first round loss.

I applaud Tommy's decision and I think he's playing it smart. I'm just hoping to see him back by late March or April - I don't expect him to return any earlier than that.

Still missin' ya, Tommy :sad:

Devotee
01-11-2004, 09:18 PM
No, the #9 is a protected ranking which allows him to be entered in a tournament without a wildcard or having to play the quallies. He'll have that protected ranking for 6 months or a certain number of tournaments, whichever comes first. And he doesn't have to use the protected ranking at every tournament he enters if he wants to use it for higher profile tournaments.

Hope this helped.


But which seed will Haas be when he does enter a tournament?

Kiara
01-11-2004, 10:17 PM
:sad: oh well, as Leo said, it stupid to attempt a comeback at a grandslam...I wasnt expecting much from him at the Australian...maybe some exhibition matches would be better...smart decision from him but I hope he doesnt delay it for too long!

Leo
01-11-2004, 11:01 PM
But which seed will Haas be when he does enter a tournament?

Depends on the field. In a Grand Slam, if all the Top 10 players were to compete (I wish), he would probably be seeded #10 (they would give the #9 seed to the actual #9 in the world). If, say, Haas enters a tournament with the only players ranked ahead of his protected ranking of #9 being the #2 and #6 ranked players, then Haas would be seeded #3 behind them.