Tommy Haas. Photo by Getty
Former world No 2 Tommy Haas, who has climbed from outside
the top 200 to a ranking of 21 this year, will continue his
remarkable comeback at January's Heineken Open.
The addition of Haas and fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber,
the 2008 Heineken Open champion, were announced today as the
Heineken Open's full field was revealed.
Sam Querrey, who was a finalist in 2009, and former world No
8 Jurgen Melzer will also feature, taking the number of top
30 players for next year's tournament to seven.
Querrey, who will be making his fourth visit to Auckland,
collected one of the biggest wins of his career last month
when he knocked over Novak Djokovic at the Paris Masters.
Haas was recently named ATP comeback player of the year for
his remarkable climb up the world rankings and Kohlschreiber
has had his best season yet.
After making the semifinals in Auckland, Kohlschreiber went
on to his fourth tour title in Munich, made the
quarter-finals at Wimbledon and reached a career high ranking
Former world No 7 Mardy Fish, who has been struggling with a
heart complaint, has had to withdraw from the tournament for
health reasons but the ranking cutoff for direct entries will
still be 61.
Heineken Open tournament director Karl Budge is excited about
the number of players coming to Auckland who are in some of
the best form of their careers, including defending champion
"Tommy is showing, like Ferrer and [Roger] Federer, that age
is no barrier," Budge said. "To get to 21 in the world is a
great feat. And Kohlschreiber has had his best year on tour
reaching number 16 in the world. He comes back for his ninth
Heineken Open playing his best tennis yet.
"I don't need to say much more about Ferrer beyond stating
that he won more titles than any other player on tour this
year with a career-best seven."
Budge pointed out that, when you add Melzer to the mix, you
might start to think the older brigade will have a mortgage
on next year's title.
"However, I suspect that the world's top newcomer Martin
Klizan and the Paris Masters giant killer Jerzy Janowicz will
add plenty of young fire to the contest."
Haas, who was a finalist in Auckland in 1999 and has since
gone on to win 13 titles and make four grand slam semifinals,
will be the tournament's third seed.
World No 5 Ferrer will be top seed, followed by Kohlschreiber
(20), Haas (21), Querrey (22), Poland's Janowicz (26),
Austria's Melzer (29) and ATP newcomer of the year Klizan of
Also announced today was Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci who sits
just outside the top 30 at 33 in the world. He will be
playing in Auckland for the fifth time.
Top 10 ranked players who will play at the Heineken Open from
January 7-12: David Ferrer (5), Philipp Kohlschreiber (20),
Tommy Haas (21), Sam Querrey (22), Jerzy Janowicz (26),
Jurgen Melzer (29), Martin Klizan (30), Thomaz Bellucci (33),
David Goffin (46), Benoit Paire (47).