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Haas Makes ATP World Tour Return In Bid To Retain Munich Title

Munich, Germany

Haas© Getty ImagesDefending champion Tommy Haas is making his 11th appearance in Munich.

Tommy Haas returns to the ATP World Tour for the first time since mid-March at this week's BMW Open by FWU AG, where he is the defending champion.

The World No. 16 is competing for the first time since a fourth-round exit to Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

“I was really happy the way I played in Indian Wells," Haas told ATPWorldTour.com. "I felt like I was going in the right direction to do some good damage down the road, but unfortunately I had to step backwards with the [right] shoulder.”

The 36-year-old German, who beat 2012 titlist Philipp Kohlschreiber in last year’s Munich final, competes at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament for the 11th time.

“It’s always a pleasure being here,” added Haas. “I lived here a couple of years when I was younger and having the family here, with the support of fans and friends, is always special.

“Especially coming here as the defending champion – it doesn’t happen too often – means it is always a pleasure. I will try and do everything to be fit and ready to play here.”

Haas, who has received a bye, will play Alejandro Falla or Jarkko Nieminen in the second round.

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