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Haas To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Haas© Getty ImagesTwo-time champion Haas withdrew from Halle last week.

Former World No. 2 and 15-time ATP World Tour titlist Tommy Haas has announced he will miss the rest of the 2014 season following arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.

Haas will travel to New York for the operation, which will be performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday. He recently retired from his opening match at Roland Garros and subsequently withdrew from the Gerry Weber Open to assess the injury.

"It's been a struggle since the beginning of the year obviously and I've already had to retire in matches, which is never fun," said Haas to ATPWorldTour.com. "Last week I had to take another MRI after Paris because it was a severe thing I felt again in the shoulder. Unfortunately it's an injury I've already had before that was fixed, but my sub-scapular tendon is torn again.

"It's a big step backwards in a long process, but I want to hopefully come back again at some point and finish my career on my own terms when I'm ready for it. I'll try everything I can."

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A two-time Comeback Player of the Year, the charismatic German has been known for his career longevity and is currently the oldest player in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. He first won the award in 2004 after coming back with a vengeance following rotator cuff surgery on the same shoulder, winning two titles (Houston, Los Angeles) and reaching his first of three US Open quarter-finals.

Haas earned the honour again in 2012 following surgeries on his right hip and right elbow. The 36 year old soared over 180 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings, clinching the title in Halle and advancing to the final at the ATP World Tour 500 series events in Hamburg and Washington, D.C.

"What I would do is try to get on the court a little early and play left handed," Haas revealed about his rehab plans. "Just to move around a little bit and stay active physically. It will probably take at least three to four months before I can slowly start hitting again with my right arm. There's no reason to rush it. Hopefully the surgery will go well and the rehab and we'll go from there. We'll see how it recovers and how it recuperates. You have to be patient and I'm guessing it will take at least eight months if not maybe a little bit longer before I can make a return. That's the goal."

Haas ascended to a career-high World No. 2 in 2002, having claimed his lone ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Stuttgart (d. Mirnyi) the year prior. He would reach four Grand Slam semi-finals, including at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, and captured the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics (l. to Kafelnikov).

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