I guess it's no surprise to see me replying here, so I'll give it a go
the great tommy haas. what is driving him?
That's an easy one. Obviously a tremendous love for the game. It has been proven many times in the past.
Such an unlucky career that many other players would have ended long ago.
Firstly some minor issues, then right after he climbed to the #2 in the rankings, his dad had motor accident that left his father in coma. He was off for so long only to return and have a serious injury which sent him off courts for a year. All that followed by 3 major right shoulder injuries forcing him off the courts for couple of years in total. Minor problems during '06-09' and when everything seemed fine another major hip surgery in 2010-2011.
With the list of all injuries he's had in the past one would retire ages ago, but he has proven his love for the game, so that's basically what has been driving him ever since.
And now that he has family and young baby girl, that also drives him.
and what is his secret?
Again, probably his love for the sport.
Besides that, huge devotion and determination. Tommy is a hard working player, and very emotional which is kinda atypical for german players in general.
and how far can he go?
As long as he is healthy and without injuries.
His goal was that his daughter can watch him play and realize what her father is doing.
As for rankings, I don't think it matters to him anymore. He is(just like me) happy to be competing at such a high level against top dogs.
Titles and trophies comes as extra and as payment for all the hard working he's done in his career.
So if he stays healthy, that could give him extra few more years on top level.
After all, if you take all the time he has been off courts he would be 32 tennis wise haha
what are tommy`s unique and significant competencies on the battlefield. what makes him unique to the competitive arena at this advanced age?
Probably won't be wrong if I say variety. He knows the situation and he is not shy to try so many different things during one point.
That's why I love his game. It looks so elegant and beautiful, that sometimes I don't care if he loses, I'm just happy to see that style of play.
He's 99% of the time offensive minded, he wants to dictate the point by producing his variety.
Back in 2009 he S&V too much for that generation of players. When you look at it, its understandable that he had to do it considering that he just got back from another injury. So in a way, he wanted as shorter points as he can get. Now when his injuries are gone, he's back to his well known all-around with lot of variety game style.
He's an agent of tennis elegance, so hopefully younger generation will embrace it and try to keep it alive