As the focus of the ATP World Tour switches from clay to grass, a lengthy absence by one player will finally come to an end. Tommy Haas hasn’t played since the first round of the 2014 French Open due to injury which resulted in him undergoing surgery on his right shoulder for the fourth time in his career.
At the age of 37, some might have expected the former world No 2 not to return to action, however the beloved German has unfinished business. Haas will make his comeback at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart after receiving a wildcard.
In the lead up to the tournament the German told the media that ‘the time has come’ for him to return to competitive tennis. “Now I feel that the shots have returned to my game. The time has come to return to the tour in order to play matches".
Haas said. The decision to return to action at the start of the grass-court season was described as ‘perfect’ by Haas. He currently has two ATP titles on grass, both at the Gerry Webber Open in Germany, and beat Novak Djokovic to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon back in 2009.