Haas has to be counted amongst one of the best players never to win a slam. However, the German’s career was blighted by shoulder injuries that required numerous surgeries since he turned pro in 1998, keeping Tommy off the courts for long spells throughout the season.
To be able to show your best tennis, two skills are required. One of these which Haas has in abundance, is devastating ground strokes. The 2nd skill required is being able to keep yourself fit and strong, a skill that isn’t determined by ability. It’s something that can’t be controlled, everyone has different DNA and their bodies react differently. Unfortunately, from a fitness point of view, this was the one area that continuously disrupted the playing fortunes of the German.
In 2010, Tommy’s career was all but finished, then came along the birth of his first child. The perfect tonic for any ageing pro, who wants to show his off spring what he is capable of and that he deserves to grace the courts.
Since then, Haas had made great strides regarding his fitness. He finally looks as healthy as he’s ever been and he proved it at the recent BMW Open, where he made the semis to the delight of the German crowd.
This could be the motivational tool that was badly needed to try and come up with some good wins at the French Open. Tommy will be willing to prove once more that he can be a threat to the vastly experienced field.
After Haas strolling through the qualifying round without dropping a set the question remains: Will his body hold up and can he bring back the former glory that brought him many great victories in the past?
One thing is for sure, a fit Tommy Haas can still be a threat to any player at the top.