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  • Haas gets late chance to play in Adelaide

    1/9/12 2:41 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Haas gets late chance to play in Adelaide Tommy Haas has earned a competitive reprieve after being forced out of last week's Brisbane event by injury, with the German's American passport giving him a place in the Adelaide international warmup this week.

    The World Tennis Challenge pits teams based on geography and comprising a veteran and a current player on each team at Memorial Drive. German Haas, who has long lived in Florida and California, also has a US passport and will join John McEnroe on the American team.

    The spare place came up as James Blake withdrew for unknown reasons. The Adelaide event is run by Darren Cahill, former coach to Andre Agassi and still Las Vegas based.

    "Tommy was someone we were very interested in given he is a US citizen and as such works well to complete Team America. Every indication from Tommy is he will be right to go for Adelaide and he is looking for some strong matches ahead of the Australian Open." said Cahill.

    Haas struggled in 2011 as he made a mid-year return after hip surgery. He played one match in Brisbane before withdrawing hurt.

    "The WTC in Adelaide is perfect. The players in the event are either legends or some of the top guys on the tour such as Dolgopolov, Wawrinka and Llodra, so it provides the perfect balance for me between playing some tough quality tennis, but also to relax and get healthy in preparation for the Australian Open" said Haas.

    "I have fond memories of Adelaide having won there in 2001. I have heard great reports about the event and the crowd they get to WTC so I am really looking forward to partnering John and I hope I can help him defend his title."

    Others in the field include Australian Davis Cup captain Patrick Rafter, former Agassi and Andy Murray coach Brad Gilbert, Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami, a trick-shot artist from the McEnroe era. Joining Haas for the "youngsters" are Swiss Stan Wawrinka and Frenchman Michael Llodra.

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