From Our Correspondent in New York, Ivan Pasquariello
NY - We had the pleasure to meet Tommy Haas in New York for the event organised by Ellesse Italia at the New York Pizza School in downtown Manhattan. It was a fun night organised by Paul Garbett at Ellesse, Tennis World has had a chance to meet with Tommy Haas now that the 37-year-old German arrives in New York and stars in the main draw of the US Open for a record 17th time.
No one in the men's draw has appeared as many times as Tommy did in Flushing Meadows. That is a clear sign of longevity, in a career filled with success - including a best ranking at World No 2 - and defeat, especially on the physical side of the sport.
Tommy decided to get back on the tour after facing a right shoulder surgery in the second part of last year's season. Despite the clock ticking and the years gone bye, the German is not quite ready to hang his racket to the hook and give up on his tennis career.
One of the best one-handed backhands on tour, Tommy has made of power, accuracy and consistency his weapons to work his way to the top of men's tennis. Speaking to Tennis World exclusively in New York, Tommy revealed he now feels much better and is ready to give it one more try.
If things don't work out though, this could be the last time we see Haas competing in New York. Hi Tommy, how are you? I am great. Life is good. The shoulder is not bad. I feel it is getting better, especially in the last couple of weeks.
Sometimes it still gets sore and I feel the fatigue, but that is part of the recovery process. It has only been 14 months since the shoulder surgery, so it takes time. But I am happy to be back and competing, instead of just doing rehab and hitting balls for no purpose.
This is a much better alternative. I just am happy to be back on the court and want to see what happens Does the shoulder still affect you when you play? At times it does. I can't really go to the baseline right now and know that I will serve at 120 miles per hour.
Every once in a while it seems it is getting better and better, but then suddenly I feel the fatigue and my brain notices it. Then maybe you start to try to compensate, maybe using more wrist, trying to do all sort of these crazy different things.
Then you maybes start to blame something, like the racket and all of that. It affects even the groundstrokes, pushing to go with all the weight into the ball. It really just is a game of being patient and take your time and see what happens