Indian Wells, March 16: Germany’s Tommy Haas, the Indian Wells Tourment Director, has announced his retirement from professiol tennis at the age of 39.
Haas made the announcement after Switzerland’s Roger Federer’s victory over South Korean Hyeon Chung in the quarter-fils of the Indian Wells tourment here on Thursday, reports Efe.
“I consider myself extremely fortute that I was able play professiol tennis for a living for more than two decades,” Haas said.
“The sport gave me cherished friendships, an ability to travel the world, and opportunities to create incredible memories. It also taught me a lot about what it means to face challenges, battle back and overcome them,” he added.
The German, who became world number two in May 2002, reached the semifils of the Australian Open on three occasions and the semifils of the Wimbledon once.
He reached the quarter-fils of all the Grand Slams and won 11 individual titles, including the Stuttgart masters tourment in 2001.
He also won the silver medal in the Olympic Games in 2000.
Haas, with 569 career wins, was med Tourment Director at Indian Wells in June 2016 by the tourment’s owner Larry Ellison, when the former was recovering from a ligament injury. IANS