Tommy Haas was forced to retire from his first match at the French Open in May. (Darko Vojinovic/AP)
Tommy Haas will shut down his 2014 season to undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday. The 35-year-old former No. 2 has struggled with his shoulder through much of the season, retiring from matches at both the Australian Open and French Open and taking nearly two months off this spring. He withdrew from the Gerry Weber Open last week, and an MRI revealed he had a tear in his sub-scapular tendon. This will be the fourth surgery on Haas' right shoulder, which he had operated on in 2002, 2003, and 2007.
“The diagnosis was a real shock for me but a surgery can’t be avoided because the injury is very serious," Haas said in a statement. "I don’t want to retire from the tennis stage with an injury but would like to end my career on the court.”
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The talented German has been snake-bitten by injuries throughout his career. After undergoing hip and elbow operations in 2010, he was able to work his way all the way back to No. 11 last June.
"It's a big step backwards in a long process, but I want to hopefully come back again at some point and finish my career on my own terms when I'm ready for it," Haas told the ATP website
. "I'll try everything I can."