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FORMER world No. 2 Tommy Haas will not play in the Beijing Games and has withdrawn from Germany's Davis Cup quarter-final against Spain later this month.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