Thomas Mario Haas, Tommy’s real name, was born on April 3 1978 in Hamburg, Germany. At present he now resides in Bradenton, Florida, USA. He began playing tennis at age 4 and was trained by his Austrian father, Peter, who was a former European Judo champion, and a schoolmate of Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. One of his highlights in the sports career was when he earned his silver medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Haas’ mother, Brigitte and two sisters, Sabine and Karin moved to Bradenton, Florida when the 11 year-old Tommy enrolled at Nick Bollettieri Academy until he was 13. He earned outstanding junior results and gained the number 11 rank in the singles division in 1995. That same year he also reached the Orange Bowl 18’s finals. After he finished high school at Bradenton in 1996, he also turned to become a full time professional tennis player. He flew to Blue Angeles squadron in Indian Wells in 1998, where his father opened a tennis academy in Kitzbnhel the following year.
Aside from tennis, Tommy enjoys skiing, playing golf, and driving fast cars. He also likes soccer. In fact Bayern Munich and HSV are his favorite teams. He continually admired the tennis career of countryman Boris Becker. Since 1998, he has a 22-8 record career in Davis Cup of 19-7 singles in 16 ties.
Haas earned a reputation of the ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2004 when he rose up to no. 17. It became good challenge and reward for him since he had no reputable rank during the past year.
In 2005, he was the number two German player, behind Keifer and finished the top 50 for the eighth time in nine years. After two years, the German player exerted his effort in Memphis and got him to the quarterfinals. Better yet he competed in two Grand Slam tournaments in 2007 played against Ancic and Ljubicic. He also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open won over No. 8 Nabandian and No. 3 Davydenko but lost a game to No. 9 Gonzalez.