- For the primary time since 2010, the second week of the Australian Open will likely be held with out a German presence.
- Tommy Haas commented on this in an interview.
- In addition, the previous tennis participant will problem Alexander Zverev and title his favorites on the Grand Slam event in Melbourne.
Tommy Haas: In common, a Grand Slam is a Grand Slam. All of them are crucial. For me as a participant, it was at all times an alternative to see if I had executed my pre-season duties nicely. In Australia, nearly everybody prepares for tennis in January. The followers are at all times nice. The German followers have at all times been nicely supported, greater than another Grand Slam. It’s only a “fortunate slam”. The climate is at all times good, however it may be too scorching right here and there. When it will get actually heat, it is like having a blow dryer in your face. Otherwise, motels are near the positioning and Melbourne itself is a beautiful metropolis.
You have been most profitable in Australia with three semi-final appearances. Can you inform me what was the important thing to this?
First, I at all times had the choice to begin over. Most of the time, the final races have been about two months in the past. The Rebound Ace rubber you used to play on the Australian Open was nonetheless there. The ball bounces just a little greater on it and you may play very aggressive tennis. It was very well-rounded, and the blade went just a little deeper. I at all times felt comfy there. The Australian Open has at all times been a event the place we have tried to do quite a bit for the gamers and I actually loved that.
For the primary time since 2010, the second week of the competitors will likely be held with out the person participation of the Germans. Eight German gamers failed on the opening hurdle,
I believe there’s at all times just a few setbacks and a interval the place everybody fails. For girls, Jules Niemeyer, for instance, performs excellent and aggressive tennis. He will definitely have large wins in the long run and even this 12 months. It has numerous potential. But when he performs towards Iga Sviacek in the primary spherical, it’s going to clearly be very troublesome. Laura Siegemund was one of the best. With him, it is mainly the identical sport: he tries to battle and see how far he can go.
Tommy Haas on Zverev: “He wants competitors expertise”
Alexander Zverev, who fought in the primary spherical, was eradicated in the second spherical. Has the event come too quickly for him after his severe damage?
He wants racing expertise. There isn’t any level in simply working towards. For video games you want bodily health and you are able to do that solely by taking part in. Now in the primary spherical, “fortunate loser” Juan Pablo Varillas had an important draw. The approach he got here out of this match was very optimistic. Under regular circumstances, the match towards Michael Mmoh in the second spherical ought to have been nothing to fret about. But maybe Zverev thought an excessive amount of. Before the damage just a few months in the past, the match would have been straightforward.
Has Zverev managed to strategy the event in the best approach?
I believe Zverev was just a little too pessimistic beforehand, saying he did not count on to play nicely. If I used to be on his crew, I do not suppose he would have mentioned such phrases. He’s too good for that. But in the previous couple of matches he is misplaced a bit on the pitch and I do not suppose he is received the heart to play his sport but. I do know from expertise that getting back from an damage is troublesome. But it bounces again comparatively rapidly after the fourth, fifth or sixth event. I’m curious to see how issues play out over the subsequent few weeks and months, and hopefully he’ll come into his personal on the Indian Wells Masters and go into week two there.
You additionally struggled with accidents in 2003, underwent two shoulder surgical procedures, and have been sidelined for greater than a 12 months. How did you’re feeling after such an damage? Having hassle discovering your rhythm and trusting your physique once more?
Yes, by all means. It was a silly time for me. I performed my greatest tennis in 2001 and 2002 after which in December 2002 I needed to go underneath the knife. I did not play once more till February 2004. I received my fifth event after coming again on clay towards Andy Roddick. At that point, he was ranked second or third in the world. You’ll come again and be grateful that you just labored so onerous that you would be able to replay it in the background. At that point, it was uncertain that I might have the ability to play with my shoulder once more. But I at all times tried to be optimistic. But after all, the primary matches I performed after the damage have been good tennis.
Haas: ‘It’s getting more durable now’ for Nadal.
Even with damage points
It’s superb how usually he is been injured just lately. I do not know precisely what he has in thoughts. It’s positively a troublesome time for him and he is now fascinated with the time after his lively profession and questioning if he can take each event with him. The largest tennis he needs to play and needs to play is, after all, nonetheless clay. He is an unbeatable participant. Winning 14 Grand Slam titles on the French Open is unimaginable. I believe that is the place he sees his greatest likelihood to win this 12 months. At the Australian Open towards Mackenzie MacDonald, it was fascinating to see her nonetheless making an attempt to shut out the match, risking much more photographs than normal at occasions. Every as soon as in some time he would pull a flat brow there too, and I requested myself why he did not play like that when he was wholesome. What he’s giving the race now could be definitely not a great signal. They additionally know that Nadal is sick and now they could have an opportunity to beat him for the primary time. It’s positively getting more durable for him now.
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Some large names have been dominated out of the Australian Open, with Djokovic fighting hip issues. Who do males like now?
Djokovic has received there 9 occasions. It’s nice to see him taking part in there once more. Not positive how a lot the damage will hinder him, however a few of his matches are wanting good once more. It is essential that he received in three units. He and I do not see anybody successful the event apart from Stefanos Tsitsipas.
And with the women?
Arina Sabalenka performs extremely good and really robust tennis. His efficiency has additionally improved considerably. I consider that Yelena Rybakina, who received Wimbledon final 12 months, can be very harmful. Finally, I guess on Sabalenka.
To the particular person: Tommy Haas is a former German tennis participant. His greatest world rating was in May 2002 when he was second. At the Australian Open, he reached the semifinals thrice in his profession. Haas has served because the event director of the Indian Wells Masters since 2017. The 44-year-old man lives in Los Angeles along with his household.