Translation of a German interview with Tommy after his comeback in Munich:
"I don't want to be a tennis father"
Tommy Haas about his last comeback, his family life and his two minds about the Rothenbaum tournament
The ATP tournament in Munich was already over for Tommy Haas on Tuesday evening after his loss in the doubles. But one could meet him on the grounds yesterday as well. "I'm medically provided here best as possible", Haas says.
After a 14 months injury break the former #2 in the rankings passed his first load test.
Abendblatt: Mr. Haas, how do you feel on the day after your comeback?
Tommy Haas: Good overall. It was important for me to see how I'm able to deal with a match physically. The strokes are still there but I have much work ahead of me that my hip will be able to stand the stress of a big tournament. I'm on the right way but now have to be patient.
You should be used to it after all your injuries. This isn't your first comeback. Will it also be your last one?
Haas: I wanted to know what I can get out of my body with 33 years. If it will be a whole fight in the next months to keep fit I would surely recognize that it doesn't make any more sense to continue because it is mentally extremely demanding.
When would you say that the efforts were worth it?
Haas: The results will show it. When you need 10 minutes in the morning after getting up in order to feel ready to go to the bathroom you ask yourself: Why do I still do this? But when you are on the court and hit balls you think about how great it would be to be at a big tournament and to play good tennis. With a bit of success also the fun is going to return.
Did the birth of your daughter in November encouraged your plan to come back or let you doubt?
Haas: I got to know right after my hip surgery that we became parents. The injury gave me the opportunity to see the life from another side which I wouldn't been able to do when I would have been on the tour. It was very important for me. But now my goal is that my daughter will be able to see me play.
Your father supported you a lot in your career. In what way is he a role model for you as a young father yourself now which you want to emulate?
Haas: Emulate is maybe the wrong word. I owe him and my mother a lot. They brought me into this sports before Boris Becker won Wimbledon in 1985. They supported my wish to go to the States when I was 13 years old. But I spent most of the last 20 years without my parents. Even more important it is for me now to be in Munich and make up leeway.
Would you like to see it if your daughter would consider a tenniscareer?
Haas: I'm going to try to introduce her to several sports. She should play golf, tennis, football, whatever she wants to do. But there are also other things apart from sports. I don't want to do everything to persuade her to take a racket as I know how difficult the way to the top is. I don't want to be a tennis father.
You once were at the top. Would you meanwhile be contented with less?
Haas: I don't think it will be enough to win a Grand Slam title when you see guys like Djokovic, Nadal and Federer playing. Especially Federer always beat be at the big tournaments and the injuries did one more thing. I'm starting at 0 now. The top 10 are no goal for me. To lift a trophy somewhere on the planet would be my aim. I have 12 tournament titles so far but my lucky number is 13.
Do you have to change your game?
Haas: I don't think it would work. Technologically improvements would be possible when you would try to get more out of the racket at the spin or the slice. But I can't imitate a Djokovic's backhand. The main thing is to stay physically fit and to be able to play my whole package of strokes. Maybe it is possible for me then to rattle a few of the guys at the top. But after all my injuries I won't go for long base line rallies.
Are you afraid of the end of your career?
Haas: Not at all. I already thought about this very often. There are many ways to keep involved in tennis, as an expert for example. And I want to spend as much time as possible with my family. I want to show them Hamburg. I spend way to less time in this town which I still find the most beautiful one.
Wouldn't the Rothenbaum tournament in July be a good chance?
Haas: It's an exciting thought to play at the Rothenbaum where I celebrated one of my greatest success already at the beginning of my career. Afterwards it was like a roller coaster ride for me. I have a very good friend in Hamburg as well. Unfortunately the tournament takes place during the HC season in America which makes it difficult for players who aren't claycourt specialists. I wish there would be an indoor tournament in Germany and really hope that something will happen. Tennis is such a great sport which should been brought forward here again.
Original source: http://www.abendblatt.de/sport/artic...ater-sein.html