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Interview with Tommy Haas

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7 January 2012, by World Tennis Challenge

Tom Dougherty   |    Advertiser

FORMER world No. 2 Tommy Haas will join John McEnroe in Team America at next week’s World Tennis Challenge.

The German-born and recently nationalised American was last in Adelaide 10 years ago when he defeated Chilean Nicolas Massu in the final of the AAPT Championship.

“It’s crazy to think how long ago I was last there – so much has happened in my life since then,” he said.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to take part in the challenge.”

Haas and McEnroe will attempt to defend Team America’s 2011 crown against Australia, represented by Pat Rafter and Alexandr Dolgopolov, Europe, and the “Internationals”.

“We’ve known each other for a while and get on quite well,” Haas said about McEnroe.

“What John does for the game is great.

His character and charisma, and he is just so much fun to be around.”

With a career plagued by injury, including pulling out of this week’s Brisbane International with a calf problem, Haas said the World Tennis Challenge was a great way to test his fitness.

“It’s a chance for me to get some matches in,” he said.

Henri Leconte and Michael Llodra will play for Europe and the Internationals are represented by Brad Gilbert and Stanislas Wawrinka, with Mansour Bahrami also taking part as a wildcard.

The action kicks off on Tuesday at Memorial Drive with gates opening at 4pm and play at 6.30pm, and will run until Thursday.