(born 3 April 1978 as Thomas Mario Haas
) is a German
and recently naturalized American professional tennis player who reached a career-high ranking of World No.2 on 13 May 2002.
His equipment include Solfire
for his clothes and shoes, respectively. He switched to using Head
racquets in 2009 after using Dunlop Sport racquets for most of his career.
Born in Hamburg
, Germany to Brigitte and Peter Haas, Haas started playing his own version of tennis when he was two years old, by using a wooden plank to hit balls against the wall or into his father's hands. When his father noticed his talents, he started bringing Haas to work, as he happened to be a tennis coach.
At five years of age, Haas won his first youth tournament, in Hamburg. At eight years old, he won his second, in Munich
. Between eleven and thirteen, Haas would twice win the Austrian Championship, the German Championship, and the European Championship.
Haas's talents were noted by world renowned tennis guru Nick Bollettieri
. Nick was so impressed by the young German's talent that he offered Haas the chance to stay and train at his Bollettieri Academy
in Bradenton, Florida for free. At 13, speaking little English, Haas moved to Florida to begin training at the academy.
In 1996, Haas became a professional tennis player. He gained attention as a future tennis star when he won his first ATP
title in 1999 and managed to make it... Read More