Tommy's Timeline

  • Tommy was only 4 years when he began to play tennis. His father Peter realized the talent of his son from the very beginning and supported him right from the start. In 1991, the eminently respectable tennis coach Nick Bollettieri took the 13 year old under his wings in his tennis camp in Florida. He gently evolved under Bollettieri and also profited from top players such as Monica Seles, Pete Sampras or Andre Agassi showing up in the camp from time to time.

  • In 1996 the young German successfully graduated from high school in Bradenton and started his professional tennis career that same year. In 1997 he caused a lot of furor in his birth town Hamburg for the first time, proceeding to the semifinals at his debut of the German Open. At the end of the year he was ranked number 41 in the world.

  • Tommy played a big part in the title victory for the German team, including Becker, Prinosil and Kiefer, at the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf.

  • At the Australian Open Tommy celebrated his first big Grand Slam tournament success: the Russian Jewgeni Kafelnikow could only stop him at the semifinals. A few weeks later Haas triumphed at the Memphis tournament against Jim Courier and got his first of three titles (1999, 2006, 2007) in the town by the Mississippi. In the same year he managed to get into the top ten for the first time.
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  • The participation at Olympia in Sydney was Tommy's highlight of 2000, which he topped off with a silver medal. On his way to the final he beat Alex Corretja and Roger Federer before he lost in a thrilling five set match against Jewgeni Kafelnikow.
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  • In 2001 Tommy collected title after title. First of all he put Nicolás Massú in his place in the final of Adelaide, then he terminated the legendary Pete Sampras in Long Island. Guillermo Cañas didn't stand a chance in Vienna and at the ATP Masters in Stuttgart Tommy Haas finally celebrated his tournament victory on German turf. He was ranked number 8 in the world at the end of the year.

  • Tommy achieved brilliant results in Melbourne in 2002, reaching the semifinals yet again, in which Marat Safin could only defeat him after five sets. The big pay off for the hard work followed soon: He reached the world no. 2, his highest ranking to date.

  • Unfortunately, Tommy now also got to know the downsides of a top sportsman – his body played up. The year of 2003 was overshadowed by two shoulder operations, which made him to miss the entire season.

  • After 15 months of injuries Tommy returned to action in February 2004 – there was no comeback in tennis after such a long break. Tommy promptly celebrated his first clay court success in Houston, defeating Andy Roddick. Some weeks later he also managed to beat Agassi and Kiefer to win the title in Los Angeles.

  • 2005 was an up and down for the German number two. He reached the semifinals in San Jose, Memphis, Munich and Halle but couldn´t play permanently due to injuries. At least he won his second World Team Cup with the German team against Argentina.

  • In 2006 Tommy was mostly free from injuries and promptly showed his old strength. The successful year was highlighted by three titles on U.S.-Soil (Delray Beach against Malisse, Memphis against Soderling, Los Angeles against Tursunov). He won 49 matches, second-most in his career.

  • Tommy opened the season with advancing to the semifinal at the Australian Open. After defeating Nalbandian (No. 8 in the World) and Davydenko (No. 3), he missed his chance to beat Gonzales (No. 9) to reach his first Grand Slam final. Tommy repeated his title in Memphis against Roddick without facing a break point in the entire tournament.

  • After another shoulder surgery in November 2007 it was time for another comeback. Tommy returned after limited play at the beginning of the year to reach the 3rd round at Wimbledon (against Murray). In the following he advanced to semifinals in Indianapolis and Washington but had an early drop out at the US Open due to ongoing shoulder problems – consequently he didn´t play after US Open to rest and strengthen his right shoulder. However, Tommy´s private life went very positively – he got engaged to actress Sara Foster.

  • As top ranked German Tommy finished in Top 20 for the third time in four years and seventh time in his career. In June he captured his first title on grass at Halle defeating Koubek, Tsonga (No. 4), Zverev, Kohlschreiber and Djokovic (No. 2) in the final. Succeeding on grass, Tommy is one of the few players in tennis history, who managed to win a title on all four surfaces. At Wimbledon Tommy reached his first semifinal at All England Club, where he lost to Roger Federer but jumped into Top 20 afterwards. In San Jose he celebrated his first tournament victory with Radek Stepanek in the doubles.

  • The season had barely started as it was already over. A season-ending hip surgery as well as a right elbow surgery stopped him to play any further match in this year. Despite all injuries, Tommy was lucky to make the next step in his private life – his daughter Valentina was born in November.

  • After a one-year break Tommy returned from an injury-filled 2010 season and celebrated his third career comeback. Having problems to find former power he climbed from rank 373 to 205 at the end of the year.

  • 2012 was the year of one of the greatest comebacks in tennis history. Tommy jumped from number 205 to number 22 in the world ranking in only one year. The biggest success was the victory over Roger Federer in Halle, where he conquered his second title at the Gerry Weber Open. Tommy also reached the finals at the ATP 500 tournaments of Hamburg and Washington. At the end of the year Tommy was awarded with the ATP Comeback Player of the Year Award.Video of Halle on Youtube

  • Tommy was able to continue his great run in 2013 and won 2 ATP titles in Munich and Vienna. Another highlight was the tournament in Miami, where he beat Novak Djokovic and reached the semifinals. Tommy won a 5-hour-match against John Isner at the French Open and reached the quarterfinals. Tommy ended this sensational year as the number 12 in the world.

  • 2014 was another year of injury. Tommy suffered from shoulder problems the entire season and had to undergo another shoulder surgery after the French Open, which ended his season early. Nonetheless, there were some highlights: Tommy moved to the final of Zagreb and to the semi-finals of Sao Paulo and Munich. At the Masters in Rome, Tommy won against Australian Open Champion Stan Wawrinka before he withdrew in the quarter-finals.