INDIAN WELLS – You know what’s handy? When your coach used to work with the director of a major tournament.
PARIS – Tommy Haas’ qualifications as the new tournament director at the fabulous BNP Paribas Open can certainly be debated.
Can’t remember as many as 10 potential injury-protected rankings in the singles draws at a Grand Slam, although that needs to be researched.
It’s worth noting, though, that none of these special rankings are attached to a man named Juan Martin del Potro.
WIMBLEDON – Tommy Haas made it very competitive for two sets, but Milos Raonic moves on.
The periods of time during Tommy Haas’s star-crossed career during which he didn’t play any tennis are nearly too numerous to mention.
He came. He practiced a bit. He pulled out of the tournament. He left.
The astonishing Tommy Haas isn’t exactly celebrating his 37th the way he’d like to.
Yes, it’s kind of a dumb thing. But so far the ALS Society has raised more than 10 times its usual amount in the last three weeks.
It’s not a huge surprise, given the number of tournaments 36-year-old Tommy Haas has had to retire/withdraw from this year because of the shoulder – starting with the Australian Open in January.
Tommy Haas, Sabine Lisicki, Dustin Brown …
Above are Tommy Haas and Mikhail Youzhny being awfully good sports in Zagreb.
Kudos to ol’ Nikolay Davydenko who, after a realllly, tight, long, tough loss in singles goes out and wins his doubles match with Denis Istomin.
****Postscript to this – Perhaps those twinges we witnessed Haas dealing with during practice weren’t nothing after all. He retired in the second set of his match Monday against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.******
MELBOURNE – At 35, the No. 12 seed in the Australian Open men’s singles draw is as fine as ever.
And – big news – he now, finally, has a clothing deal. Continue reading