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Tommy Haas

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Bio Thomas Mario "Tommy" Haas is a German professional tennis player. Born in Hamburg, Germany to Brigitte and Peter Haas, Tommy started playing his own version of tennis when he was four years old, using a wooden plank to hit balls against the wall or into his father's hands. When his father observed his talents, he started bringing Haas to work, as he was a tennis coach.

At five, Haas won his first youth tournament, in Hamburg. At eight, he won his second, in Munich. Between 11 and 13, Haas twice won the Austrian Championship, the German Championship, and the European Championship. Haas is also a good friend of Swiss great Roger Federer.

Haas's talents were noted by tennis guru Nick Bollettieri. Nick was so impressed by the young German's talent that he offered Haas the chance to stay and train at his Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida for free, and Haas began attending at age 11. At 13, speaking little English, Haas moved full-time to Florida to train at the academy.

Haas was born to Brigitte and Peter Haas. He has two sisters, Sabine (born 24 April 1975) and Karin (born 16 June 1979). On 27 January 2010, Haas became a United States citizen.

On 5 July 2010, Haas announced on his website that he would become a father for the first time. And on 15 November 2010, Haas announced on his website that his wife, actress Sara Foster, had given birth to a baby girl, Valentina. He said he wanted to keep playing long enough for his daughter to watch him play. This happened in 2013 in Miami, when she greeted him after his victory over Dolgopolov.

He has been breaking into the world top 100 in 1997, and reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 2 in May 2002, Haas's career was interrupted by injuries: he has twice dropped out of the world rankings due to being unable to play for twelve months. His first period of injury saw him miss the whole of the 2003 season, and he did not return to the world's top 10 until 2007. He also missed over a year's tennis between February 2010 and June 2011, but has since returned to play on the tour. He returned to World No. 11 in 2013 after reaching the quarterfinals at the French Open for the first time in his career.

Although Haas has never won a Grand Slam tournament, he has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open three times, and Wimbledon once. He is one of few players to have reached the quarterfinal stage of each of the Grand Slams. He has won 14 career titles in singles and doubles, including one Masters tournament, and has a silver medal from the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Haas is a classic all-court player, capable of playing well on clay, hard, and grass surfaces. Nick Bollettieri noted Haas as having "one of the greatest backhands in the world," praising its versatility and power. Haas also possess a powerful slice backhand, which he uses to disrupt the rhythm of the point and to construct offensive positions. He also possess an excellent serve and a functional set of volleys.

Haas possesses excellent footwork and racquet skills, both of which he uses to construct quick defensive-to-offensive transitions. The fluidity of his game overall allows him to adapt to most situations, as demonstrated by his equal win percentage over both right and left-handed players, as well as his relatively even win percentages on all surfaces. Haas' mental game is also solid, boasting a positive win record in deciding sets (3rd or 5th).

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