Tommy Haas is in action this week at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship
By Yeshayahu Ginsburg
There are a lot of things that can be said about Tommy Haas. He came out of the gate very early in his career, reaching his first final in 1997 at the age of 18, upsetting Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the process. Haas won his first title at in 1999 and first cracked the top 10 a few months later. Haas reached a career-high of World #2 at the age of 24, but that is really where he peaked. Haas’s career is a sad tale, actually, though it is great to see him still competing at a high level.
Haas’s career can be defined by 3 things. The first, which is something that troubled an entire generation of tennis players, was an inability to beat Roger Federer. Haas did not meet Federer at seemingly every turn in Slams the same way that, say, Andy Roddick did, but Federer held him back from having a better career nonetheless. It is not ridiculous to say that Haas could have at least had one ...