Tommy Haas will start his comeback campaign at this year’s BMW Open by FWU AG and arrived at the airport on Wednesday afternoon to have a short meeting with the media.
“I have come here to Munich in order to prepare for the tournament. It is my big goal to play the BMW Open. I still have a couple of weeks to get prepared. We will see what will be afterwards. The most important thing is that my shoulder improves, so that I am able to return to the tour,” Haas told the journalists and is still highly motivated to meet this target.
“It is getting better. The problem is that it takes its time, so you need to be patient. I still have to do a lot of rehab and you have to give the shoulder some time and breaks to recover. Nonetheless, everything seems to go in the right direction and I hope that I can be back on court soon,” the 37-year-old German said about his rehabilitation programme.
“The biggest problem is the service. Same was the case when I had my surgery thirteen years ago. At the moment I can only serve with about 140 or 150 km/h, and this doesn’t make so much sense in order to compete with the top players. You need to be at 100 percent, otherwise it doesn’t make sense to go out on court,” Haas made clear.
“I am taking this serious here in Munich. The tournament will start on April 27 and I already arrived today. Maybe the player’s field might be too strong to be honest but it’s great to see that a lot of top players will come to Munich. The tournament is perfect to prepare for the big clay court events with Madrid, Rome and the French Open later on. Munich as well as the other German tournaments are very important to me. I hope that a lot of fans will come to watch, as I do not know how often I will still have the opportunity to play in Germany,” Haas said and seemed to have an idea concerning plans after his professional career.
“I want to stay involved with the tennis sport. It’s not clear what kind of job it will be but I am sure that it will be nice. I do not want to talk about this at moment, as I am still a professional player and I want to get back on the tour,” he said and added that the option playing Davis Cup is also still alive. “I know Michael Kohlmann very well and we spoke about a possible comeback but the next tie in September is so far away that I am currently only thinking about the next days and weeks.”
The organizers of the BMW Open launched a “Tommy Haas-Day” on April 28. The former world number two is supposed to play his comeback match this day.