Tommy Haas is a former German tennis player who turned pro in 1996, winning 15 tournaments in his career. In Grand Slam tournaments he reached the semifinals 3 times at the Australian Open and the quarterfinals 3 times at the US Open, as well as a semifinal at Wimbledon while he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. He also won the silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The best ranking achieved is number 2, immediately after the 2002 Rome final.
He currently resides in Bradenton, Florida with his wife Sara Foster and their daughters and also holds US citizenship. Haas is currently director of the ATP BNP Paribas Open tournament, which is played on the Californian hard-courts of Indian Wells.
Haas's talents were noted by Nick Bollettieri. He 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 time to Florida to train at the academy.