Tommy Haas optimistic US tournaments will take place



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Tommy Haas optimistic US tournaments will take place

Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas isn't ready to rule out the possibility of having tournaments in the United States but he admits the situation in the country isn't ideal. Haas, who is now the tournament director of the Indian Wells Masters, made a hard decision in March when they decided to call off the event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Several months later, the United States has reported the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases and the number of those infected grows each day. The men's season is set to resume on August 14 when the Citi Open takes place, while over the following three weeks the Cincinnati Masters and US Open will both be staged in New York.

The US Open organizers have already stated that there will be a set of strict hygiene rules that every individual will have to follow as they want to minimize the risk of anyone getting infected. "The organisators in the US had enough time to prepare well.

We have to see the development the next weeks. World Team tennis will be a test. It is possible to play. Cases are high but it gets tested more and it is necessary to lock down again," Haas said ahead of the Berlin exhibition.

Haas set to return to competitive action

Haas, who retired from professional tennis in 2018, is set to play at the Berlin exhibition, which will feature world No.

3 Dominic Thiem, eighth-ranked Matteo Berrettini, 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut and 2018 Paris Masters champion Karen Khachanov. On Friday, it was announced that Berrettini, Khachanov and Bautista Agut had signed up at the last moment to play in Berlin.

"Was not easy to find new players in short time, but players were all in Europe. We as organisator know Khachanov well and Berrettini too. They are a good replacement," Edwin Weindorfer said.

Top-ranked German Alexander Zverev and six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios withdew from the Berlin exhibition and Weindorfer was critical of Zverev before the German announced his withdrawal from the event.

"We are disappointed that he isn't here. Mistakes have been made at Adria Tour etc and I always said this clear. He would have had a big chance here to convince with good matches and to answer critical questions," Weindorfer said.