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Haas out of Olympics, Davis Cup

Labamba
04-02-2008, 12:03 PM
http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,23471023-23216,00.html

Haas out of Olympics, Davis Cup

FORMER world No. 2 Tommy Haas will not play in the Beijing Games and has withdrawn from Germany's Davis Cup quarter-final against Spain later this month.

Haas, who has dropped to world No. 36, recently withdrew from the ATP tournament in Miami citing problems with his right shoulder as well as suffering with a virus.

To protect his shoulder, on which he had an operation late last year, Haas has also ruled himself out of Beijing.

Haas insists he has no choice but to rest and miss the Davis Cup clash.

“The decision to withdraw was difficult, but my doctors advised me to take a long break,” Haas said.

Germany's Nicolas Kiefer, world No. 51, will be fit to play in the Davis Cup, but the loss of Haas is a blow against a Spain side containing the likes of Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer when the sides meet in Bremen between April 11-13.

“Against such a Spanish team, we can only be the under-dogs, but with the support of our home fans and the speed of the surface we have to be positive,” said Germany captain Patrik Kuehnen.

The Spanish team includes Nadal, world No. 2, and Ferrer, fourth in the ATP rankings, plus Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, giving 2007 semi-finalists Germany a mountain to climb.

Kuehnen will also be without doubles specialist Alexander Waske, who is recovering from a hand injury.

Kolya
04-02-2008, 12:08 PM
Shame.

adee-gee
04-02-2008, 12:10 PM
Waske is a bigger blow, he's a piggy roaster :o

Yappa
04-02-2008, 12:12 PM
Haas is still in the entry list for Houston. Hopefully, it's only a matter of time until he withdraws.

Bilbo
04-02-2008, 12:18 PM
probably he should just retire from tennis

Jelena
04-02-2008, 12:24 PM
probably he should just retire from tennis
It's not often I agree with Bilbo, but that would be the best for Tommy for sure.

leng jai
04-02-2008, 12:53 PM
probably he should just retire from tennis

You endlessly complain about ballbashers but keep telling a player like Haas to retire and then say expected when he beats top 15 players.

TankingTheSet
04-02-2008, 01:00 PM
I'm not quite sure what the article says -- does it imply that he will be out until at least the Olympics or just that he will take a break and doesn't play the Olympics even if he starts playing other tournaments again before that?

Yappa
04-02-2008, 01:04 PM
The latter. He needs more/longer breaks to rest.

TommyB.
04-02-2008, 01:27 PM
Haas is still in the entry list for Houston. Hopefully, it's only a matter of time until he withdraws.

His favorite clay tournament? No way. :rolleyes: I hope we'll see him in Munich and Hamburg. :unsure:

TankingTheSet
04-02-2008, 01:36 PM
Difficult situation for Germany, Kohlschreiber, Kiefer, Mayer, Petzschner all horribly out of form, Becker isn't in great form either.

TheBoiledEgg
04-02-2008, 01:43 PM
are there any Ice Rinks in Germany
easy task 5-0 win for Germany if they do that.

Yappa
04-02-2008, 01:45 PM
His favorite clay tournament? No way. :rolleyes: I hope we'll see him in Munich and Hamburg. :unsure:

I think he'll show up in Munich if only to visit family members who live there.

And not appearing in Bremen, but then playing in Houston only a few days later? That wouldn't look too good.

JMG
04-02-2008, 05:26 PM
Difficult situation for Germany, Kohlschreiber, Kiefer, Mayer, Petzschner all horribly out of form, Becker isn't in great form either.

How is he out of form? He has easily won Besancon doubles and had good scores in Napoli this week.

Masta_Rue
04-02-2008, 05:31 PM
Petzschner is in a good or normal form, but to win against Nadal & co we need a Kohli or Tommy in good form..

TankingTheSet
04-02-2008, 05:32 PM
How is he out of form? He has easily won Besancon doubles and had good scores in Napoli this week.

I assume you mean Petzschner -- I think his loss to Kunitsyn was pretty bad and he should have beaten Crapschauer easier and maybe not lost to Daniel. At his best he can play a lot better I think. Maybe he needs to get rhythm again after taking a few weeks off. I hope he will do well soon.

jonny84
04-02-2008, 05:34 PM
Shame. But the Olympics are a long way off so not sure why Tommy has decided now.

TommyB.
04-02-2008, 07:32 PM
And not appearing in Bremen, but then playing in Houston only a few days later? That wouldn't look too good.

Yes but I think Haas skips Davis Cup, WTC and the Olympics because he wants to focus on the regular ATP Tour. He will try to play Houston if he's healthy.

Federerhingis
04-02-2008, 09:04 PM
It's not often I agree with Bilbo, but that would be the best for Tommy for sure.


Unfortunately with Tommy getting injured so many times and all these surgeries, his career is looking to be coming to it's end. He won't be getting any younger, nor is he immune to getting more injuries. :sad: Quite sad indeed.

parisgirl
04-03-2008, 11:03 AM
Unfortunately with Tommy getting injured so many times and all these surgeries, his career is looking to be coming to it's end. He won't be getting any younger, nor is he immune to getting more injuries. :sad: Quite sad indeed.

You underestimate Tommy really a lot. He really knows what he wants. Most of other players wouldn't come back after the injuries he had. But he did!!!!!!
If he wants to focus on Atp-Tour Tournaments he will do it. And i guess his age doesn't really matter because he's very fit and physically trained.

Happy Birthday, Tommy!!!!!!!!!!! and happy birthday for me too .

Jelena
04-03-2008, 12:31 PM
You underestimate Tommy really a lot. He really knows what he wants. Most of other players wouldn't come back after the injuries he had. But he did!!!!!!
If he wants to focus on Atp-Tour Tournaments he will do it. And i guess his age doesn't really matter because he's very fit and physically trained.

Happy Birthday, Tommy!!!!!!!!!!! and happy birthday for me too .
Fact is, Tommy's shoulder is very much damaged. It will never ever again get to a 100% status. It's true, that many others would have called it a day already long ago. But on the other hand Tommy doesn't do any good to his body if he continues playing. And the older he gets and the more injuries he suffers, it's harder and harder for Tommy to return to the top. And the harder it gets to return, the harder he will practice and the more he will damage his shoulder. Tommy turns "only" 30 today. I say only 30 years old, because he is still very young, considering he still has a life after tennis of about 40 or 50 years. So he should in my opinion seriously consider retiring and quit sports to do something good to his body.

Dougie
04-03-2008, 03:35 PM
Fact is, Tommy's shoulder is very much damaged. It will never ever again get to a 100% status. It's true, that many others would have called it a day already long ago. But on the other hand Tommy doesn't do any good to his body if he continues playing. And the older he gets and the more injuries he suffers, it's harder and harder for Tommy to return to the top. And the harder it gets to return, the harder he will practice and the more he will damage his shoulder. Tommy turns "only" 30 today. I say only 30 years old, because he is still very young, considering he still has a life after tennis of about 40 or 50 years. So he should in my opinion seriously consider retiring and quit sports to do something good to his body.

Good post, I totally agree. Tommy´s game is beautiful to watch, so it´s a shame, really. But shoulder problems like this have a tendency to repeat themselves, and Tommy is constantly missing tournaments because of it. To be able to get back to the top, he would need plenty of matches under his belt, and he just isn´t able to play several tournaments in a row anymore. As you said, 30 is still young, he still has plenty of things he can do with his life, but playing professional tennis doesn´t seem to be one of them anymore.