INDIAN WELLS, March 16, 2018
At the age of 39, Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas officially announced his retirement from professional tennis on Thursday at the BNP Paribas Open, with longtime friend and world No. 1 Roger Federer on the Stadium 1 court at his side.
Haas competed on the ATP World Tour from 1996 to 2017. After breaking into the World top 100 in 1997, and reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 2 in May 2002, the German’s career was interrupted by injuries: he has twice dropped out of the world rankings due to being unable to play for twelve months.
Haas has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open three times, and Wimbledon once. He reached the quarterfinal stage of each of the Grand Slams. He has won 15 ATP World tour career titles in singles, including one Masters tournament in Stuttgart in 2001, and has a silver medal from the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
Ulrich Klaus, president of the German Tennis Federation DTB, stated:
“Tommy Haas has excellently represented German tennis in the era after Boris Becker and Michael Stich. Through his fighting spirit and love for his sport, he has gained the sympathy of the audience worldwide and has become the role model for many of our young German talents. He has impressively recovered from injuries over and over again, impressing experts, fans and the media in the long run. We will especially remember his performances in the Davis Cup for a long time, he has given us many unforgettable moments. We hope that Tommy will stay involved with tennis in the coming years and we wish him all the best for the time after his career! “