Robin Haase often trains with Roger Federer. The Dutch player practiced with the Swiss in Rotterdam last year, then last month in Dubai during the pre-season and now on Sunday on the Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open.
The training session was open to the media for around 20 minutes. They shared some funny times in rallies. ‘We always do something, and we speak in English and German. And I won several sets against him! ‘, said Haase.
‘It’s always special.’ On Friday Haase attended a six-hour player’s council meeting as some players are pushing to remove the ATP Chief Executive Chris Kermode. “I personally picked this role, if it costs you too much energy, you should not do it.
But speaking with Federer makes you get energy”, said Haase. The Dutch also believes that the tennis popularity over the world is increasing: ‘Look at numbers: more people watch tennis, in the stadiums and on TV, the prize money increased, the ATP Cup will be a new International Tournament and the ATP introduced the NextGen.
They are all unbelievable good news.’ Haase will play in front of his crowd in Rotterdam next month. Last year he lost just to Federer in the quarter-finals match. With that win, the Swiss became world No. 1 again. “It is always very cool to be at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Because of the atmosphere, people in the Netherlands encourage you more than in other countries”, said Haase about playing the Dutch event. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title