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Sunday, November 18, 2007
Blood tests confirm Haas was not poisoned


BERLIN -- Blood tests have revealed no evidence that Tommy Haas was poisoned during Germany's Davis Cup loss to Russia in Moscow in September, the German Tennis Federation said.

Tommy Haas
Tests seem to have squelched the rumor that Tommy Haas was believed to be poisoned in Moscow.

"It's no longer an issue," the German Tennis Federation quoted Haas as saying in a report on its Web site. "The tests gave no results. It was too far in the past."

Alexander Waske, a member of Germany's doubles team, was quoted in German media earlier this month as saying an unnamed person had told him in Moscow that Haas had been poisoned.

Haas, who was beaten in straight sets on the opening day of the Davis Cup semifinal and was unable to play in the reverse singles because of gastroenteritis, underwent tests in New York to see if there was truth to the rumor.

"I wanted to be absolutely clear about what was happening to my body," Haas told the German Tennis Federation.

Haas had a minor operation on his right shoulder while in New York. The world's 12th-ranked player will take six weeks off from training but expects to be fit enough to take part in the Australian Open beginning Jan. 14.