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Haas Carries Concern For Injured Parents With Him
By Richard Pagliaro
07/31/2002

In the solitary sport of tennis, Tommy Haas is now never alone when he steps onto the court. The third-ranked Haas carries concerns for his parents — who are continuing their recovery from severe injuries they suffered in a June 8th motorcycle accident in Sarasota, Florida — onto the court whenever he plays.


Like a stop-action film that continues to replay inside of his head, Haas is haunted by the crash that threatened his parents' lives. The 24-year-old Haas, who skipped Wimbledon to remain at home in Florida with his parents, earned his first win since the tragic accident when he scored a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Canadian Frederic Niemeyer in the first-round of the Tennis Masters Series-Canada in Toronto. Haas followed that victory with today's 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Sjeng Schalken.

While trying to concentrate on the match at hand, Haas concedes his parents' condition is always on his mind.

"Once I'm on the tennis court, I try to block everything out that happens in personal life," Haas said. "But this is something totally different. You don't expect it until it actually happens. You think about it every day."

The crash occurred when a truck attempting to make a left turn crashed into the Harley-Davidson motorcycle Haas had bought for his parents, Peter and Brigitte Haas. The frightening force of the crash threw the couple, who were not wearing helmets, off the bike. Fast-acting paramedics arrived at the scene of the accident and airlifted the Haas' to a St. Petersburg hospital. Peter Haas, who nearly lost his left leg as a result of the accident, spent 17 days in a coma, while Brigitte Haas was in intensive care for four days.

His parents survived the life-altering accident and now face an extensive period of rehabilitation at a hospital in Germany. Haas is hopeful his mother will starting walking again soon. Peter Haas, a former European judo champion who was a childhood classmate of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, faces rigorous rehab to regain his speech.

""My mom is doing a little better," Haas said. "She probably has a couple more weeks in hospital and then she'll slowly start walking again. My dad has a longer road ahead. They'll never be as they were, but hopefully they'll have another chance to enjoy life. That's the most important thing."

In his return to tournament tennis last week, the top-seeded Haas was upset in the first round by American Alex Bogomolov. The Australian Open semifinalist said he has struggled to regain the form he showed earlier in the season.

"It (his tennis game) goes away quickly," Haas said. "You practice so long and feel pretty comfortable out there, but once a tournament starts it is a different story."

The accident has given Haas a different perspective on tennis and he now takes a philosophical approach to his place in the sport.

"One day I can look back and say I reached No. 2 in the world. I've played great tennis and had good success so far," Haas said. "All I can do is give it my best in slams and if it's good enough to win one one year, great. If not, as long as I know I've tried my best, that's all I can ask for."
 

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saff76ar, thnx for the article

I hope Haas's parents can get well soon :)
 

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saff76ar said:
The accident has given Haas a different perspective on tennis and he now takes a philosophical approach to his place in the sport.

"One day I can look back and say I reached No. 2 in the world. I've played great tennis and had good success so far," Haas said. "All I can do is give it my best in slams and if it's good enough to win one one year, great. If not, as long as I know I've tried my best, that's all I can ask for."
Tommy :angel: But I hope that as his parents recover, his somewhat defeatist attitude will also be alleviated. That statement looks like something one would give before retirement, and I sincerely hope this tragedy hasn't brought him to that!
 

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I have been following the report's on Tommy's parents since the accident & it was good to hear when they were well enough to be flown back to a hospital at home in Germany.
But hadn't read details of the injuries before or that al important phrase "They were not wearing helmets". Is this not law in the US as it is in just about all Europe? Really cannot understand this.
 

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Thanks Saff! :) I'm glad Tommy's parents are on the road to recovery. It will be slow road. But atleast they are on the road to recovery. And I'm very happy Haas is back playing tennis! :bounce:
 

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and it will be even better to see him winning titles and peeling the Potato, plucking the chicken and hammering the dickhead again

go Tommy !!!!!!!!!!
 

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Thank you for the article! I'm so pleased to hear that the Haas parents are recovering...
Yess me2! I hope that they get well soon and I hope tha hansom boy who plays so well gets back on his level!

Love you tommy;) :D :bounce:
 

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Congrats to Tommy for the great win!! Glad to hear his positive outlook on his parents...wish them well.

(TBE...by the Potato I know you mean Lleyton (Lleave him alone!!!) and by the chicken I think you mean Roddick...but who is the dickhead??? Do you mean the Monkey Man...Sampras? Or is dickhead Roddick?)
 

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Thanx for the article! :)

Really glad to hear that his parents are doing better and all the best to them :) And so happy to see Haas back, at what must be such a difficult time for him!

Good luck to Mr and Mrs Haas and Tommy :)
 

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Congrats to Tommy for the great win!! Glad to hear his positive outlook on his parents...wish them well.

(TBE...by the Potato I know you mean Lleyton (Lleave him alone!!!) and by the chicken I think you mean Roddick...but who is the dickhead??? Do you mean the Monkey Man...Sampras? Or is dickhead Roddick?)
LOL! MOnkey Man? that''s a new one for me. thanks! well Haas spanked MOnkey Man last night so let''s hope that that helps lift his mood.

i think Dickhead is Andy. i call him RodPrick myself.
 

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ermmmmmmm get of Hewitt ??? , i don't intend on going anywhere near him :p nor do i want to

Dickhead is Andy (who else could it be ?)
 

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Henman the chicken??? I always thought he looked more like a Vampire!!

RodPrick!!! I like it!! Can you guess, my two most hated players are Monkey Man and RodPrick...and Haas now has both their numbers!!!:D And you can always count on Hewitt to foil the two of them, as well as the chicken.

Oh, but now the topic of this thread is digressing...sorry folks.:angel:
 

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He is the chicken cos of his name "HENman"

chicken pluckers sound much better than a hen plucker ever wood, and has he is hardly manly the term chicken describes him perfectly, when the going gets tough he wimps out
 
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