2/18/13 2:34 PM | Johan Lindahl
A finals loss in San Jose has not dented the desire of veteran Tommy Haas, with the 34-year-old content with his tennis after losing 6-4, 6-3 to Milos Raonic as the historic event bowed out, a victim of changing economic times.
With the tennis center of gravity now well and truly out of the US, it was only a matter of time before the tournament, which was first played in one form or another since 1989, faded away. Raonic ended its history with a trophy hat-trick.
But Haas left fairly satisfied after making yet another tennis comeback in 2012. The veteran, who has revitalized his career after years of off-and-on injuries, will carry on his American tour, playing indoors in Memphis. The world No. 22 reached the final as he beat John Isner 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-finals.
Haas, 17 years a member of the ATP, still believes that some of his best tennis lies ahead. "I'm still experiencing some of my best success. I could have easily thrown in the towel after my hip surgery. There were many times where I thought there was no way I was coming back from that," he said of the surgery that kept him sidelined for most of 2010.
"Even when I did come back, I was always a step slow. And when you are a step slow in this game, you do crazy things on the court that you are not supposed to do. But if you have a good environment around you and people that believe in you and have fun, enjoy life and keep motivating you and pushing you, that's also huge."
One of Haas' weekend highlights was the chance to play in San Jose in front of his young daughter, one of the first times she has seen her father play. "I know she probably won't remember watching me play today, but maybe I can continue on playing and she'll get to be around a couple of these tournaments and see me play competitively at a high level...it's fun to have her around."
Haas has made a sharp ranking rise in the past year, coming from 168th in the standings and winning last summer's grass title in Halle by beating Roger Federer in the final. He was also a finalist last summer in Hamburg and Washington.
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