Tommy Haas,the former World No.2 and BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director officially announced his retirement from the ATP World Tour. The announcement came following current World No. 1 and close friend Roger Federer’s win over Hyeon Chung in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, being held March 5-18 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
I consider myself extremely fortunate that I was able play professional tennis for a living for more than two decades
Haas said.He also pointed out that the Tennis gave him cherished friendships,ability to travel the world, and opportunities to create incredible memories and a lot about what it means to face challenges, battle back, and overcome them.
Tommy Haas thanked his parents,wife children and fans for all the love and support for him over the years.
The German won 15 titles on the ATP Tour.He reached a career-high ranking of number two in 2002 and made a total of 28 final appearances.Tommy Haas turned into a professional in the year 1996 and reached the Australian Open semi-finals three times – in 1999, 2002 and 2007 – as well as the last-four at Wimbledon in 2009.
Haas underwent a total of nine surgeries in his career and won ATP Comeback Player of the Year awards in 2004 and 2012.
Haas, who won the silver medal for Germany at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, finishes his career with 569 wins – the last of which was a memorable victory over Federer at Stuttgart last year.