|Haas has begun hitting balls in preparation for his comeback in Doha in the first week of the 2004 ATP circuit.|
He has been sidelined by a string of injuries, notably to his shoulder, since the Masters tournament in Paris in November 2002.
His official site reports that he underwent a second shoulder surgery on July 18th. "The reason for this surgery was, in the healing process I was developing too much scar tissue. This provented me from my full range of motion," Haas says.
He was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in May 2002.