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Tommy Haas to have season-ending shoulder surgery

German tennis veteran Tommy Haas, ranked No. 20 in the world, requires a fourth operation on his right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the tennis season.

German veteran is 20th in ATP rankings

Tommy Haas, ranked No. 20 in the world, will undergo a fourth surgery on his right shoulder and miss the rest of the season. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tommy Haas needs a fourth operation on his right shoulder and will miss the rest of the tennis season.

The 20th-ranked German retired from his opening match at the French Open last month and withdrew from last week's Gerry Weber Open in Halle to assess the injury.

The 36-year-old player's management company said Monday that Haas has three damaged tendons in his right shoulder, which was operated on in 2002, 2003 and 2007.

Haas says "the diagnosis was a real shock" and surgery "can't be avoided because the injury is very serious."

Haas, once ranked No. 2 in the world, will undergo surgery Tuesday in New York.

He says he no plans to retire and hopes for a comeback in 2015.

Haas says "I'm still totally convinced I've good matches and tournaments ahead of me."

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