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Haas Brings On Waske As Coach

Haas, Waske© Laci PerenyiTommy Haas and Alexander Waske teamed for the 2005 ARAG ATP World Team Championship title, in Dusseldorf.

World No. 12 Tommy Haas has hired countryman Alexander Waske as coach, with his sights set on qualifying for a first Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Three months removed from clinching his 15th title on the ATP World Tour, the 35 year old is looking to further bolster his standing among the game’s elite.

“We have set the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as our mutual objective,” said the German veteran.

Haas nearly tasted the year-end championships over 12 years ago, when he finished in the Top 10 for the first time and came within one match victory at the BNP Paribas Masters from qualifying. He would fall to eventual champion Sebastian Grosjean in the semi-finals and was left on the outside looking in, in a year he won a career-best four titles and 57 matches.

The 2012 Comeback Player of the Year continued his resurgence last year, joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the only players to reach the quarter-finals at each ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event (including the former stop in Hamburg) in their careers. His semi-final run in Miami and two titles, the first on home soil in Munich and the indoor hard courts of Vienna, sparked his highest year-end Emirates ATP Ranking since 2007 and most match wins since ‘06. 

“I want to win titles again this season,” added Haas. “That of course requires physical fitness and also in this area Alex is a meticulous worker.”

Waske, who won four titles and ascended to a high of No. 16 in the world on the doubles circuit, competed for 12 years on the ATP World Tour. He partnered with Haas to win the 2005 ATP World Team Championship, in Dusseldorf. The 38 year old founded the Schuettler Waske Tennis-University in 2010, a tennis academy in Germany for both amateur and professional athletes.

“We have played Davis Cup together earlier and he knows exactly how I am functioning from back then,” said Haas of Waske. “Alex can push and motivate extremely well during practice and matches.”

Haas has a busy early season schedule, competing in Zagreb, Rotterdam, Delray Beach, Sao Paulo, Indian Wells and Miami following this week’s Davis Cup first round tie against Spain.

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