German No. 1 Tommy Haas has revealed that he has hired former Davis Cup teammate Alexander Waske as his new full-time coach for the 2014 season. The two will begin their new partnership immediately and are aiming to qualify for the World Tour Finals as their main goal this season.
“We have set the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as our mutual objective,” said the German veteran. “I want to win titles again this season. That of course requires physical fitness and also in this area Alex is a meticulous worker.”
The German has a busy start to his season, as he will compete in Zagreb, Rotterdam, Delray Beach, Sao Paulo, Indian Wells and Miami following his successful performance in Germany’s Davis Cup tie against Spain this past weekend.
Waske, the founder of the Schuettler Waske Tennis-University in 2010, a tennis academy in Germany for both amateur and professional athletes, is expected to accompany Haas throughout the season. The world No. 12 believes their prior history together on the Davis Cup team and in doubles competiton will make this a fruitful partnership, as he considers Waske to be the necessary motivational tool required to break back into the Top 10.
“We have played Davis Cup together earlier and he knows exactly how I am functioning from back then,” said Haas of Waske. “Alex can push and motivate extremely well during practice and matches.”