GERRY WEBER OPEN 2013
Federer/Haas To Make Team Debut In Halle
by ATP Staff|
Good friends Roger Federer and Tommy Haas will make their team debut at the Gerry Weber Open this week. The two have drawn two-time Grand Slam champions Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner in the first round.
“I think he was looking to play doubles and knew that I was also looking. We talked about it and he was ready to go, so I’m very excited about it,” Haas told ATPWorldTour.com.
“It’s our first time playing together. It's great to do this at this time in our careers. I hope we can focus, as we’ll probably have too much of a good time out there. It will be nice to play in front of some very enthusiastic fans and have a good doubles match, against Melzer and Petzschner, who are Grand Slam champions. It should be fun.”
Federer and Haas have combined to win eight titles at the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court event in Halle, with the Swiss winning five singles trophies and one doubles crown and the German triumphing twice in singles. Haas topped Federer in last year’s final.
The 31-year-old Federer will play his first doubles match since Switzerland’s Davis Cup World Group Play-off last year against the Netherlands. His latest doubles title came at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with countryman Stanislas Wawrinka.
The 35-year-old Haas is aiming to capture his second doubles trophy, having partnered Radek Stepanek to the 2009 San Jose crown. He has played doubles at eight tournaments this year.