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Veteran Haas Appoints New Coach

Posted 02-03-2014 at 01:58 PM by Philip Oliver
Tommy Haas has named Alexander Waske as his new coach and hopes his fellow German can help him enjoy great success in 2014.

The current world number 12 sees no reason why he can’t qualify for the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals for the first time in his career.

The 35-year-old has won 15 titles on the ATP World Tour but still believes his best tennis is ahead of him.

“We have set the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals as our mutual objective,” said Haas, who almost qualified for the event 12 years ago. In 2002 he finished in the top ten for the first time and needed just one more victory at the BNP Paribas Masters to qualify.

Haas, who surprised fans who bet on tennis to win four titles in 2002, the most successful year in his career to date, was beaten by the eventual champion, Sebastian Grosjean, in the semi-finals of the tournament which ended his dream of featuring in the end-of-year extravaganza.

“I want to win titles again this season,” added Haas. “That of course requires physical fitness and in this area Alex is a meticulous worker.

“Alex can push and motivate extremely well during practice and matches.”

Haas reached number two in the world rankings in May 2002 and has won through to the semi-finals at the Australian Open three times during his career - in 1999, 2002 and 2007.

He also made it through to the last four at Wimbledon in 2009, when he was beaten in straight sets by the eventual champion Roger Federer, and has three quarter-final appearances at the US Open to his name - in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Last year Haas enjoyed his best run at the French Open when he was knocked out in the quarter-finals by the perennial favourite in the tennis betting, Novak Djokovic.
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