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04-17-2013 05:58 AM
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A back problem would seem logical to me. I think Tommy has overplayed recently with playing both Doubles and Singles in several recent Tournaments!
04-16-2013 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by TennisFan2012 View Post
I think the ATP does not recognize "I'm really tired or feeling the need to train or stay at home rather than play/travel" as a legitimate reason not to play in a Masters' series event (maybe not for some other events). So players have to identify an "injury" even if they really are not injured. That makes it hard to know whether Tommy's back really is bothering him or he is just resting up.
He was clearly bothered by something in a match vs Berankis. He was too far away from his best, so I guess small back problem is understandable.
Being 35 years old and all, it's a wise decision to skip MC, considering it is on his least surface after all.
The only reason he played so many clay events last year is so he could be back in his country and spend some time with his family 'cause he probably thought it could be his last season on tour.

Considering his age and his really tight schedule (even playing in doubles every tour) resting up because of some minor pain problems is pretty reasonable to me.
04-16-2013 01:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Lugburz View Post
small back injury, but more of a precaution than something serious, so its ok I guess.
I think the ATP does not recognize "I'm really tired or feeling the need to train or stay at home rather than play/travel" as a legitimate reason not to play in a Masters' series event (maybe not for some other events). So players have to identify an "injury" even if they really are not injured. That makes it hard to know whether Tommy's back really is bothering him or he is just resting up.
04-14-2013 10:43 PM
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small back injury, but more of a precaution than something serious, so its ok I guess.
04-13-2013 03:04 PM
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This says only that he is attempting to "adjust his schedule", which I take to mean that he needs to manage his schedule (now that he is winning and playing more) as do Federer and other players over 30, and that he needs more rest:

Also, you might be interested in this 20 minute interview with Jon Wertheim from this past Monday:
04-13-2013 11:59 AM
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Oh gee I hope he just wants to rest and relax with his family, but every time I notice a post in Tommy news I think he is hurt yet again!
04-13-2013 01:55 AM
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Originally Posted by TennisFan2012 View Post
Tennis Channel just showed a screen crawl saying Tommy had withdrawn from Monte Carlo. No reason was given.
Yeah I heard it as well, hopefully its nothing serious since we don't know the reason yet...
04-03-2013 01:18 PM
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Happy b-day to young boy Tommy Haas
04-03-2013 12:18 PM
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Happy Birthday Tommy!
03-27-2013 04:11 PM
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T. HAAS/N. Djokovic

6-2, 6-4

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Congratulations. Do you remember the last time you beat a No. '1?
TOMMY HAAS: Somebody just told me. So, yeah, but I don't know who was it, though?

Q. Agassi, '99, in Germany.
TOMMY HAAS: Oh, yeah? Well, it's been 13 years, something like that, right?

Q. Talk about the feeling. Did you believe all along that you could put him away?
TOMMY HAAS: Well, you know, I mean, I had the mentality tonight going out there believing in it. You've got to, you know.
Just from last week, you know, playing somebody like Del Potro who gives me quite a bit of trouble, you know, I sort of had a game plan. I went out and nothing seemed to really work, you know, and I didn't really have a game plan B.
I was just frustrated with the way I played and tried to totally, you know, focus and tried to, you know, approach this match totally different.
You know, last couple of times I played Novak was in Shanghai last year and Toronto, and Toronto we had a really good battle, which I was really happy about the way I played; he played just better in the end.
Tonight I had a good game plan, I thought. Conditions, you know, maybe now looking back, favored me a little bit with the game that I played against him tonight. You know, it was tough out there with the swirling wind.

You know, I'm just really happy and proud of that tonight against such a great player who has been dominating the sport the past couple of years. I really took advantage of the opportunities I've gotten. You know, I think I played extremely well.
He gave me a lot of looks, and I took advantage of it.

Q. Is this the reason you still are playing, is for nights like this?
TOMMY HAAS: You got it, yeah.

Q. How do you feel with the support of the people on the stadium?
TOMMY HAAS: It's very nice. I mean, any time you play such big events on the stadium, it's always just a great pleasure to go out No. 1.
Like he just said, this is what you play for, or I play for. These are the moments I appreciate the most, going on those big stadiums, big stages, playing against the best people in the world.
Playing against something like Novak and coming out on top at this time of my career, it's unbelievable. You know, it goes up as one of my, you know, most best wins of my career. You know, the fans I hope, enjoyed it.
Miami is also sort of late night loud crowd, and I think they really appreciate good tennis.

Q. It was pretty hot until the last couple of days here, and then these conditions were not really expected. Did you have to do any adjustment to your game plan based on temperature, the wind, and everything?
TOMMY HAAS: Yeah. I mean, when I woke up this morning obviously felt that it was a little bit chilly out there, and I looked at the weather report and saw it was going to be really cold and windy tonight. I wasn't happy about it.
This is unusual for Miami time, you know, to have a drop. I think it's supposed to be even colder tomorrow. It's not great for me, especially with you know, my body likes the heat, you know, to stay warm. You know, it's something that you have no control over, either.
You know, you adjust with the racquet tension and, you know, mentally prepare yourself for it. All you can do is just do the best out there and try to adjust.

Q. When was the last time you played at such a level and maintained it pretty much the entire match?
TOMMY HAAS: I don't know. I have had some, you know, good results last year. Probably in Halle maybe where I won the tournament, you know.
You know, you go back to obviously where you maybe have won matches against top players like that, against Roger, maintained a really high level.
It's tough obviously. It's one of the biggest challenges out there. You know, even looking at Novak Djokovic's results the last two years, two and a half years, it's just crazy, you know. You look at Roger last eight, nine years, and Nadal, how tough they are and maintaining that level.
It's something really special. Not everybody has that gift. So I'm happy to have done it somehow a little bit tonight.

Q. He won 11 straight points; got the break back. A lot of the people in the stadium, I'm sure, were thinking, Oh, man, this guy is almost 35. The wheels are falling off. What were you thinking? How did you pull it together?
TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, I wasn't happy, you know. I had 3 1, I think, and had a couple of break points, or one, I'm not sure. Didn't convert it. Then I lost I know I lost eight points in a row for him to go up 4 3. I just wasn't happy with the way I gave those points away, really.
I didn't think anything else of it. I just didn't make the right shots, shot selection that needed to be happening. You know, I didn't give him a chance to pass me or win those points. I just kind of gave it away.
I think with four unforced errors to break back, and then, yeah, I just tried to regroup in the changeover and tell myself, Try to hold here to go to 4 All and keep it tight. If you have a chance, play a little bit different than before.
That's exactly what happened.

Q. A few years ago when you had to come off the tour because of all the injuries and the time you spent away, at that stage could have imagined almost 35 years of age you'd still be playing at this level and producing a win against world No. 1?
TOMMY HAAS: Not really. You know, there were times I wouldn't have believed that, no way. But, you know, when I came back after my hip surgery it was a grueling, you know, I don't know, 9 months, 12 months before I actually felt like I can sort of train again and get in better shape and sort of maybe feel like I can move and give myself a chance to at least try to go for some victories again that I would enjoy.
You know, somewhere in the middle of last year, sometime in April, May, my body sort of adjusted a lot, got better, and I could train. You know, if you can't train and put in the hard yards in this sport anymore, you know, you're not going to get far. You know, not at least to the point where maybe you have a chance against a top player.
From experience, you know, luckily I know that, and luckily I'm a guy that likes to work out and gets in the best shape that I can possibly can, my body allowing. You know, right now I feel pretty good, as good as I have in a long time, and, you know, just never give up.

Q. Asking about your fashion statement out there, a lot of these guys are every stitch matches, and you had a lot of different colors going on. Is that conscious or random?
TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, I'm pretty pathetic I think when it comes to color matching. Sometimes I look at myself, you know, in the mirror before I go out and I'm like, Jesus, what was I thinking there? (Laughter.)
I guess if I maybe had a clothing contract it would be different. But, you know, n this case I just put on the clothes that I really like. It's comfortable and it sort of feels good on me. I'm not the color matching type, and my wife has to take care of our daughter most of the time so she doesn't have time to do that, either. It falls into my hands.

Q. Still the backward hat, though.
TOMMY HAAS: Sometimes, yeah. It's just when I sweat. You go in and out of that stage. My hair is short enough to go without a cap, but it's just routine. Sometimes I play without it.

Q. Could you talk about your next match? You play Simon.
TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, similar conditions, maybe a little bit cooler. He's just such a good counterpuncher, a guy that is back wall. He moves extremely well. He knows the geometry of the game really well. He's sort of somewhere always in the mix.
You don't even really talk about him that much or you don't see him in the draw that much. He's always there, always within the top 20, top 10 over the past couple of years. You know, extremely talented, and it really depends on what kind of a night I have, I think.
I can try to mixup my game again and try to be aggressive when I have to be. And I'm going to have to change it up and sort of try to find a way, a style the way I played tonight and be aggressive, come in more, and hopefully it will be a good night, good tennis.
03-25-2013 03:18 AM
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Great picture and article Thanks for posting
03-25-2013 03:06 AM
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Tommy Haas: My Dream Came True
Miami, USA

It took 11 years, but 34-year-old Tommy Haas finds himself in the round of 16 at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami for the second time after posting an impressive 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov on Sunday in front of his strong support system.

Following his win, sat down with the German to talk about being greeted by two-year-old daughter Valentina on court, the family-friendly activities he recommends tennis fans check out during their stay in Miami and his fourth-round showdown with top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

A number of family members were in attendance for your match. How nice is it to be able to put on a performance like you did today for your close supporters?

I'm happy [my dad is] still around. His motorcycle accident took a lot out of him, because he's in really good shape. Because of him, I have some of that in me, with all the injuries I've had. I have the strength and desire to still keep going. My dad still works out every day and tries to keep in shape. He's 65 and looks pretty good for his age. That's motivating to me. It was nice also having my daughter there too. It was a small dream come true for me. I've always said when I became a father, how special it would be to see my daughter in my box. I know it's a little cheesy sometimes, but to have those memories one day is going to be fantastic.

Was today the first time Valentina rushed the court to greet you after a win? And how quickly do you forget about winning a match at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event?
I think that was the first time. She came out in San Jose to hit some balls, but it wasn't right after I won the match. So today was really the first time she came on the court to congratulate me. But you still think about the match being over and having a good win. Obviously it's very exciting to have my daughter there. It's very surreal.

There’s a lot to do in Miami and its surrounding areas. What sorts of family-friendly activities would you recommend to tennis fans who are visiting for the first time?

There are many things. Here in Key Biscayne, you have the Seaquarium. If you like the beaches, you go to South Beach. If you want to people watch, you go to Ocean Drive. There are also so many nice, little restaurants. I like Lincoln Road a lot, which is like an artsy area meets crazy, funny people. There's a lot to do. Taking a bike around town is usually the easiest way to see things.

You’ll play two-time reigning champion Novak Djokovic next. How meaningful is it to get a crack at the World No. 1 at a huge event at this stage of your career?

For me, this is something I look forward to the most. The reason I'm playing is to play those big guys, on big courts, in front of packed crowds. It's very exciting. I'm really looking forward to it. It's something special. You do the hard yards and work to get to those matches.
12-04-2012 02:54 PM
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Incase anyone wants to watch him training with Maria Sharapova right now here's a live stream
11-08-2012 03:00 AM
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next tour: Hopman Cup, Perth, Australia (29dec-5Nov)
11-06-2012 03:38 PM
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I just heard the announcement on the delayed broadcast of a doubles match in London. Congratulations to Tommy! He really deserves this award and it is an amazing achievement.
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