Robin Haase skips Australian Open for the first time since 2009



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Robin Haase skips Australian Open for the first time since 2009

After spending nine consecutive seasons in the top-100, a former world no. 33 Robin Haase will miss the elite group entrance at the end of 2019 after mediocre results this season. The Dutchman dropped out from the top-150 after the US Open for the first time since July 2010, winning 11 matches in the ATP tournaments but never more than two at the same event, failing to reach at least one quarter-final for the first time in a decade!

Unlike in singles, Robin had quite a solid season in the doubles, winning the title in Umag and finishing runner-up in Doha, Monte Carlo, Hamburg and Canada, spending almost the entire year in the top-40. Eager to improve his singles ranking, the 32-year-old has decided to enter two Challengers in Bangkok at the beginning of the season, skipping the Australian Open for the first time since 2009!

In the last nine seasons, Haase was in the main draw of all 36 Majors, reaching the third round twice in 2011 but never repeating that again and embracing a terrible 13-34 score in the last 47 encounters on the biggest scene.

Robin's first appearance in the Australian Open main draw came in 2008 when he barely missed the direct entry, toppling world no. 19 before losing to Sebastien Grosjean in five sets. In 2011, Haase added two more wins to his tally against Carlos Berlocq and Juan Monaco, halted by Andy Roddick and Andy Murray in the next three clashes in Melbourne and embracing eight straight defeats in total before ousting Guillermo Garcia-Lopez this January for his fourth and most probably the last Australian Open victory.

The winner of two ATP titles in Kitzbuhel has won 20 Grand Slam and 34 Masters 1000 matches so far, securing seven top-10 victories, with the most recent one coming in Cincinnati 2018 when he defeated Alexander Zverev.