Haase does not participate in Wimbledon because there are no points to earn | NOW

Robin Haase will not participate in Wimbledon later this month. The resident of The Hague does not participate because there are no points to earn for the world ranking at the grand slam tournament in London.

Tennis associations ATP and WTA decided that no points will be distributed at Wimbledon because the organization of the British Grand Slam tournament is banning Russian and Belarusian tennis players because of the war in Ukraine.

“Financially it’s smart to play, but if I can’t earn points, what’s the use for my ranking? Getting to the semi-finals would be nice, but you also have to be realistic and that’s not going to happen,” he said. Haase. “Then you would do it purely for fame, so to speak. Then I would rather choose to play two or three challenger tournaments in the same period.”

The 35-year-old Haase has participated in the main tournament of Wimbledon for ten consecutive editions since 2010. This year he would only have been admitted to doubles and probably qualifiers. Haase has dropped to place 264 in the world ranking and is no longer eligible for the major tournaments.

He tries to climb the ranking again through challengers. “I’ve had difficult years, privately and physically, all in all. If I don’t get admitted to Roland Garros next year around this time, you won’t see me play again.”

Botic van de Zandschulp (ATP-29), Tallon groenpoor (ATP-58) and Arantxa Rus (WTA-78) have qualified as top hundred players for the Wimbledon main tournament, which starts on June 27. The final is on July 10.

Robin Haase has dropped to 264th place in the world ranking.

Robin Haase has dropped to 264th place in the world ranking.

Robin Haase has dropped to 264th place in the world ranking.

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Haase is not thinking about stopping yet

Haase mainly wants to enjoy the last years of his tennis career in the coming period. For example, from moments such as next week, when a wild card makes its appearance at the grass tournament in Rosmalen.

“I’m not very concerned with the ranking,” said Haase. “The top hundred is not my goal, but I just want to show beautiful things. Qualify again for a Grand Slam, for example and play a cool match. Or to have another chance at the main tournament in Rotterdam, for example. beautiful moments that I want to experience again. I no longer play tennis to win ATP tournaments, I want to show myself that I am still here.”

Last month, Haase once again experienced a sporting highlight in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, where he narrowly missed his first tournament win since 2016. But in the same Shymkent, a week before, he wondered what he’s doing it all for. His aching knee played up again.

“Since 2013, I have been playing with pain every day and it takes its toll and affects your state of mind. In Kazakhstan I didn’t remember and thought: what am I doing? Sometimes it feels like the limit has been reached, but a week later I felt really good again. Rafael Nadal had recently made quite a few statements that I could really relate to. For example: If you can no longer be happy because of the pain, then it really has to be finished.”

For the time being, Haase does not want to know anything about a farewell. “Two years ago I did everything I could, for example by bringing a physio to continue playing. Corona then threw a spanner in the works, but I didn’t want to stop like that. As long as I can double at the Grand Slams and If I can play qualifying at the major tournaments, I still want to do this, despite the fact that I have been adding to tennis for years.”