BMW OPEN 2013
Haas, Youzhny Embrace Bavarian Culture
by ATP Staff|
German No. 1 Tommy Haas and 2010 Munich champion Mikhail Youzhny dressed up in traditional Bavarian costumes on Tuesday for a photo shoot at the ‘Alm’, and were afterwards gifted the clothing by Munich outfitter Angermaier.
"In some ways it's actually very special,” said Haas. “If you look back and think about the tradition here, being in Bavaria and liking the Oktoberfest and spring festivals, it's fun to look into the culture of it. It was fun to get dressed up and I can't wait to go to the Oktoberfest again in that outfit.”
The two tour veterans are both making their tenth appearance at this year’s BMW Open. World No. 14 Haas will start his singles campaign on Thursday against Ernests Gulbis, while Youzhny lost his opening match against Radek Stepanek.
The 35-year-old Haas, who has compiled a 14-7 record in 2013, was runner-up at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament in 2000 (l. to Squillari) and reached the semi-finals in 2005 (l. to Pavel) and 2012 (l. to Cilic). The Hamburg native will look to overturn a 1-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record in his second-round clash with Gulbis.