For more than two decades, Tommy Haas has trained with IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis. On Thursday, Haaswon for the 500th time in his career, and reached the milestone when he bested Jesse Levine of theUnitedStates 6-4, 6-2 Thursday at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Italy. He becamethe 38th player in the modern era to tally 500 wins. Only three of the others to have managed the feat are still active â Roger Federer (871), Rafael Nadal (583) and Lleyton Hewitt (566).
Haas' first coach, Nick Bollettieri, congratulated his longtime student saying, "This all started 21 years ago. 500 wins has not been easy because of a series of operations, but the mental inner feeling of Haas saying 'I'll get back to the top again' has brought him to where he is, and we aren't stopping now."