BRASIL OPEN 2014
Haas, Granollers Host Kids' Day
Sao Paulo, Brazil
by ATP Staff|
The Brasil Open 2014 Kids’ Day welcomed two special guests on Monday morning, with top seed Tommy Haas and third seed Marcel Granollers lending their expertise to proceedings.
Haas, who finished 2013 at his highest year-end Emirates ATP Ranking (No. 12) since 2007, will be bidding to win his first ATP World Tour event as the No. 1 seed. On his debut at the Brasil Open in Sao Paulo, he will face the winner of Alejandro Gonzalez and a qualifier in the second round.
“I like playing tennis with kids, especially the ones that really love the sport,” said Haas. “I think it’s really tough and I appreciate a lot of good teaching, the kind of people that actually can teach good tennis. Because I think for me it would be really tough to have just any kid pick up a racket and then trying to teach them how to play.
“It’s a very tough sport to learn, so I think in the end it comes down to the kids really enjoying being out here, trying to make it fun for them. Doing things like this and seeing some of the kids who have talent puts a smile on my face. So it is a lot of fun.”
Granollers, who has a 2-2 record at the Brasil Open, will face the winner of Martin Klizan and Brazilian wild card Guilherme Clezar. “It’s very important for children to have this opportunity to play with top tennis players,” said the Spaniard. “It is very nice to be able to inspire them.”