Thomas Muster
Tennis player
Thomas Muster
Thomas Muster is a former world no. 1 tennis player from Austria. One of the world's leading clay court players in the 1990s, Muster won the 1995 French Open and at his peak was known as "The King of Clay. " In addition, he won eight Masters 1000 series titles, placing him sixth on the all-time list. Muster is one of only three players to win Masters titles on three different surfaces.
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Murray hungry to keep on improving, says Gilbert
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By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Only 26 men have scaled the top of the ATP world tennis rankings but for some of them it has been such a fleeting experience that their names have been reduced to obscure pub quiz questions. How many outside the tennis fraternity remember Chilean Marcelo Rios, Austria's Thomas Muster or even Australian Pat Rafter, the former U.S. Open champion who achieved the feat for one week in 1999? Triple grand slam champion Andy Murray is the latest to add his name to the list and former coach Brad Gilbert is backing the Scot to keep on improving.
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Thomas Muster; dead man walking – Tennis Special - bettor.com (blog)
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Born on 2 nd October 1967 in Leibnitz, Austria, Thomas Muster, notoriously knows as “the King of clay” back in the 90's, is a 43-year-old tennis conjuror and also a former world No.1 who ruled the hearts of millions in his time of stardom
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History Says Serena Williams Can Win US Open Despite Low Seed - The Post Game
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In his final three matches, Agassi knocked off Thomas Muster, Todd Martin, and Michael Stich, seeded No. 13, No. 9 and No. 4, respectively. He is still the only man to ever win the US Open as an unseeded player. In May 2007, just before her 24th
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USTA avoids 1996 seeding debacle with Serena Williams seeding - World Tennis Magazine
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The player Chang exchanged with in the seeding, Thomas Muster, was livid. Somehow, the Open went on with the subjective new seeding and the Spanish stayed when Mantilla was given a seeding to replace Kafelnikov, but surely no one at the Open forgot the
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Cordenons, Karshi, San Sebastien – The Week in Challengers - 10sBalls
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Of note: Thomas Muster received a Wildcard losing to Stefano Galvani 0-6 3-6. For those players who won't be playing US Open Qualifying there are two Challengers next week. One on Hard Court in Kazakhstan and the other on Clay inManerbio, Italy
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ADVERTORIAL: Jurgen Melzer staying at top - Winston-Salem Journal
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And it seems that he has finally relaxed and shaken the comparisons to Austria's last great player, Thomas Muster, who reached No. 1 in the world in the spring of 1996. From the time Melzer won the Wimbledon junior boys singles title in 1999,
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Benjamin Balleret outlasts Thomas Muster in 1st round – San Marino CEPU Open ... - bettor.com (blog)
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Thomas Muster is an “old dog” in tennis. Having started way back in 1985, the former world No.1 has been crowned with 44 titles in his times of stardom. Although he is 43 and was playing against a 28-year-old, the former top world managed to give a
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Stepanek, Haase, Radwanska Win Titles; X-Notes - Tennis-X.com (blog)
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1 and 43-year-old Thomas Muster took a wildcard, getting bageled 6-3, 6-0 by No. 5 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. “I don't plan to keep on playing forever, but I am still very much enjoying it,” said Muster, who with a tour-level win would eclipse Jimmy
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Webber buys $5 million mansion - Fox Sports
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Source: Glyn Kirk / AFP Formula One ace Mark Webber has reportedly splurged about $5 million on a Noosa mansion owned by former Austrian tennis player Thomas Muster. Hello, you either have JavaScript turned off or an old version of Adobe's Flash Player
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Lauda cancels head sponsorship - Austrian Independent
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Lauda – one of Austria's sports icons alongside tennis legend Thomas Muster, ex-skier Hermann Maier and former FC Barcelona striker Hans Krankl – founded airline Lauda Air in 1979. He established FlyNiki in 2003 after rival Austrian Airlines (AUA) took
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Scud to the ATP, I'll be surfing USA - The Australian
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The merits of that argument aside, it seems that same passion has finally persuaded the Melburnian to abandon another tour comeback at a time a former top-liner in Thomas Muster continues to slog away in his 40s on the back courts of Europe
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How Novak Djokovic Compares to Other Former Number Ones: The 10-Week Tier - 10sBalls
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Thomas Muster: Muster won the 1995 French Open, prevailing in the only Grand Slam final he ever reached. Muster was the first Austrian to hold the No. 1 ranking, as he spent two different stints at the No. 1 position, for a total of six weeks at the
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Bammer loses 6-2, 6-1 to fellow Austrian Meusburger in last career match at ... - Washington Post
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A comeback like Thomas Muster is having won't happen with me.” Bammer broke Meusburger in the opening game but immediately lost her own serve and again at 2-3 down. From then on, Meusburger dominated. “We had a lot of good rallies but Yvonne just
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Murray's not like toothless Tiger Tim - Cambridge News
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Among those who won one each were the likes of Carlos Moya, Petr Korda, Thomas Muster, Albert Costa and Thomas Johansson. Still think Murray's not good enough? In the Federer era, admittedly four years shorter, Rafael Nadal has won 10 Slams,
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Prestigious Vale do Lobo tennis tournament cancelled - The Portugal News
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... set for 9 to 12 August, is therefore cancelled, despite confirmations from a number of players that they would be jetting down to the Algarve in a tournament which has attracted the likes of John McEnroe, Greg Rusedski, Jeremy Bates, Thomas Muster,
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Webber pit stops on Noosa Hill - Noosa News
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The four-bedroom house was bought by tennis player Thomas Muster for $3.5million in early 2006. Mr Muster then spent more millions adding facilities and renovations to the already luxurious abode. At an auction in January, Richardson and Wrench Noosa
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Thomas Muster
    FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 43
    In October 2011, at the age of 44, Muster decided that he would play his last tennis match before retirement at the top-level Vienna tournament, where Muster lost to countryman, Dominic Thiem, in two straight sets.
    More Details Hide Details However, three weeks after playing in Vienna, Muster was back playing again, this time in a Challenger tournament in Salzburg. Despite having a good start against German, Dennis Bloemke, Muster lost in a three-set fight, even after saving a match point in the final set. This was Muster's last match to date. When Muster was on the ATP Tour in the twentieth century, he wore Lotto clothing. From 1986 to 1993, Muster played with the Head Prestige Pro 600 racquet. In the summer of 1993, Muster switched for a few months to playing with the Head Prestige 600 racquet. In 1994 and 1995, Muster played with the Head Pro Tour 630 racquet. At the start of 1996, Muster switched to using a Kneissl racquet, which was closely modelled on his old Pro Tour 630. At the start of 1997, Muster switched his racquet again to the white Kneissl Tom's Reach Machine racquet, which had a longer handle and a 28-inch frame. In 1998, Muster used his Kneissl Tom's Reach Machine racquet on hardcourt, grass and carpet, but went back to his old 1996 Kneissl racquet on clay. When Muster played on the ATP Champions Tour, he used the Kneissl Tom's Reach Machine racquet.
    On 19 September 2011, Muster reached his highest ranking after his return, at world number 847.
    More Details Hide Details Muster then lost his next match, at the Challenger tournament in Palermo, to Italian, Alessio di Mauro.
    On 13 September 2011, Muster won a second match after his comeback, in the Todi Challenger against fifth seed from Argentina, Leonardo Mayer.
    More Details Hide Details His next opponent was countryman Martin Fischer, to whom Muster lost.
    Subsequently, Austrian tennis experts discussed whether Muster's mental fortitude would be sufficient to bring him back into the top 100 in 2011, at the age of 43.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    In 2010, Muster married Caroline Ofner and they have a daughter, Maxim, born in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas Muster lives in Styria, a province in Southern Austria and also has a villa on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia.
    Muster finished 2010 ranked at world number 980.
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    In July 2010, Muster played the first match of his comeback in a Challenger tournament in Braunschweig, where he lost in the first round, as well as in the following three Challenger tournaments in Kitzbühel, Como, and Rijeka.
    More Details Hide Details Eventually, in his fifth Challenger tournament in Ljubljana, Muster won his first comeback match, against Borut Puc of Croatia, which brought Muster back into the ATP singles ranking list at world number 988.
    On 16 June 2010, at the age of 42, Muster announced his comeback to professional tennis.
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    In April 2010, Muster married Caroline Ofner, and they have a daughter, Maxim, who was born in 2009.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 35
    In 2003, Muster moved back to Austria, and has since been a coach and captain of the Austrian Davis Cup team, played tennis on the ATP Champions Tour, and established a brand named Toms, which has included apparel, wine, and bottled water.
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  • 2002
    Age 34
    Muster and Taylor separated in 2002 and divorced in 2005.
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  • 2000
    Age 32
    Thomas Muster was married to Jo Beth Taylor, an Australian television personality, from 2000 to 2005, having separated in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son, Christian, who was born in 2001.
  • 1999
    Age 31
    When he stopped playing tennis after the 1999 French Open, Muster moved to Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia, where he had officially resided since 1996, and married television presenter Jo Beth Taylor in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details The couple lived on a 90-acre estate complete with helipad, and have a son, Christian, who was born in 2001.
    Following his first-round loss to Nicolás Lapentti at the 1999 French Open, Muster discreetly left the tour at the age of 31.
    More Details Hide Details Muster remains the only world no. 1 singles player who never managed to win a men's singles match at Wimbledon throughout his whole career. Muster only lost one Davis Cup singles match on clay during his career, when Goran Ivanišević defeated him in April 1997, 6–7, 7–5, 6–7, 6–2, 7–5, despite Muster having won 112 of his previous 117 matches on clay going into the match. Muster's overall Davis Cup win-loss record, counting both singles and doubles matches, was 45–18. Muster's win-loss record in Davis Cup singles matches was 36–8, while his win-loss record in Davis Cup singles matches on clay was 29–1. Muster has more match wins in Davis Cup than any other Austrian tennis player.
    Muster opened 1999 with a semifinal showing in Sydney, but he then struggled mightily over the next few months, winning just 2 of his 12 matches after Sydney.
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  • 1998
    Age 30
    Muster's 1998 results faded after the spring, as he reached just one semifinal (Mallorca), and one quarterfinal (Boston), in the remainder of the year.
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    At the 1998 French Open, Muster reached the quarterfinals, before losing to Félix Mantilla in four sets, with Mantilla getting revenge for his 1998 Italian Open loss to Muster.
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    Muster reached his last top-level tournament final in Estoril (on clay) in 1998, losing to Alberto Berasategui.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    Muster's 1997 French Open campaign ended at the Round of 32 stage, when the unseeded Gustavo Kuerten, then ranked at 66 in the world, defeated Muster, 6–7, 6–1, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4.
    More Details Hide Details Against the odds, Kuerten went on to win the 1997 French Open title.
    Muster had a 29–8 win-loss record on hardcourt in 1997, while slumping to 9–9 on clay in the same year.
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    Muster reached the semifinals of the 1997 Australian Open, before losing to eventual champion, Pete Sampras, eight years after previously reaching the Australian Open semifinals.
    More Details Hide Details Muster then went on to win the tournament in Dubai, defeating Goran Ivanišević, 7–5, 7–6, in the final. Muster then won his biggest title on hardcourt, when he won the Lipton Championships in Miami, the same tournament where his career had nearly ended just eight years earlier, by defeating Sergi Bruguera, 7–6, 6–3, 6–1, in the final, after Bruguera had defeated Pete Sampras in the semifinals. Muster was also the runner-up at the Super 9 event in Cincinnati, where he lost to Pete Sampras.
    In 1997, Muster achieved the best results of his career on hardcourt.
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  • 1996
    Age 28
    In July 1996, in the final of the 1996 Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Muster defeated the new French Open champion, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 6–2, 6–2, 6–4.
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    Despite Muster's continued dominance on clay-courts in 1996, he was upset in the Round of 16 at the 1996 French Open, when eventual finalist, Michael Stich, defeated Muster, 4–6, 6–4, 6–1, 7–6.
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    Muster's win-loss record on clay in 1996 was 46–3.
    More Details Hide Details This made his 1995–96 record on the surface 111–5, which was the best two-year clay-court record since the open era began in 1968.
    These 1996 tournament victories included Muster winning his third Monte Carlo title, by defeating Albert Costa, 6–3, 5–7, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, in the final, and Muster winning his third Italian Open title, by defeating Richard Krajicek, 6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, in the final.
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    He held the ranking initially for just one week, and then regained it for five weeks in March and April 1996.
    More Details Hide Details The validity of Muster's number one ranking was called into question by top Americans Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who argued that Muster had achieved the top spot based almost solely on his clay court results in 1995 and 1996, even though Muster had beaten Sampras on indoor carpet at the 1995 Essen Super 9 event, and Agassi had only won tournaments on hardcourt in 1995.
    In February 1996, Muster attained the world no. 1 ranking for the first time.
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  • 1995
    Age 27
    He won seven tournaments, six of them titles he successfully defended after winning them in 1995.
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    In 1995, Muster won the Austrian Sportsman of the Year award for the second time.
    More Details Hide Details Muster continued to rack up clay-court victories in 1996.
    Of the 12 tournaments that Muster won in 1995, Muster saved at least one match point held against him during six of them, with those six tournaments being held in Estoril, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, St. Pölten, Stuttgart Outdoor and Umag.
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    Muster's win-loss record on clay in 1995 was 65–2.
    More Details Hide Details Although Muster's record on other surfaces was less impressive, a late season victory over Pete Sampras on a fast indoor carpet, during his run to the title of the Super 9 event in Essen, Germany, gave Muster an outside chance at finishing the year no. 1; however, Sampras finished the year at no. 1.
    At the 1995 French Open, Muster won his first and only Grand Slam singles title, defeating Gérard Solvès, Cédric Pioline, Carlos Costa, Andriy Medvedev, Albert Costa and Yevgeny Kafelnikov before defeating the 1989 champion, Michael Chang, in the final, by the score of 7–5, 6–2, 6–4.
    More Details Hide Details Muster is the first, and to date, the only Austrian to win a Grand Slam singles title.
    At 1995 Monte Carlo, Muster defeated Andrea Gaudenzi, 6–3, 7–6, in the semifinals, despite Muster struggling hugely in the latter stages of the match due to having a shortage of glucose in his blood and a 40° fever, requiring a brief spell in the hospital after the match ended.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, Muster won the final against Boris Becker, after a tough match, by 4–6, 5–7, 6–1, 7–6, 6–0, with Muster surviving two championship points in the fourth set tiebreak, the first of which saw Becker double-faulting after going for a big second serve. Muster then clinched his second Italian Open title, defeating Sergi Bruguera, 3–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–3, in the final.
    Between February and June 1995, Muster won 40 consecutive matches on clay (the longest winning streak on the surface since Björn Borg had won 46 in 1977–79).
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    In 1995, Muster had the best year of his tennis career, winning 12 tournaments, with 11 of those tournaments won on clay-courts.
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  • 1994
    Age 26
    In March 1994, Muster defeated Michael Stich of Germany in a first round Davis Cup tie in Graz, by the score of 6–4, 6–7, 4–6, 6–3, 12–10, after saving a match point when trailing at 7–8 in the fifth set.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Muster's win over Stich bringing Austria level at 2–2 in the tie, it was Germany who eventually won the decisive fifth rubber.
    Muster won three clay-court titles in 1994.
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    At the 1994 French Open, Muster won his second round match against Andre Agassi in five sets, 6–3, 6–7, 7–5, 2–6, 7–5, but Muster was then defeated by the serve-and-volley play of Patrick Rafter in the next round, with Rafter's four set victory denying Muster a match against the reigning French Open champion, Sergi Bruguera.
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  • 1993
    Age 25
    Muster's win-loss record on clay in 1993 was 55–10, although he failed to win any of the biggest four clay-court events of the year.
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    In 1993, Muster won seven titles.
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  • 1992
    Age 24
    At both the 1992 and 1993 French Opens, Muster was defeated by the reigning French Open, Italian Open and Australian Open champion, Jim Courier.
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  • 1991
    Age 23
    Muster won two more top-level tournaments in 1991, and three more in 1992 (all on clay courts), with the biggest of these titles being the 1992 Monte Carlo title, where Muster defeated Aaron Krickstein, 6–3, 6–1, 6–3, in the final.
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  • 1990
    Age 22
    Note: These events were designated as the 'Masters Series' and the 'ATP Tour World Championships' only after the ATP took over the running of the men's tour in 1990.
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    In 1990, Muster won the Austrian Sportsman of the Year award.
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    Muster reached the semifinals of the 1990 French Open, losing in straight sets to the eventual champion, Andrés Gómez.
    More Details Hide Details Muster also helped Austria reach the semifinals of the Davis Cup, where they were eliminated 3–2 by the United States, despite Muster winning both his singles rubbers against Michael Chang and Andre Agassi. For these achievements, Muster was named the ATP Tour's "Comeback Player of the Year."
    Muster's comeback continued in 1990, when he won three top-level tournaments on clay (including the Italian Open, defeating Andrés Gómez in the semifinals and Andrei Chesnokov in the final) and one title on hardcourt.
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  • 1989
    Age 21
    With the aid of a special chair designed to allow him to practice hitting balls while recovering from knee surgery, Muster returned to competitive tennis in September 1989.
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    However, in the early hours of 1 April 1989, just hours after Muster's semifinal victory, Muster was struck by a drunk driver, severing ligaments in his left knee and forcing him to default the final.
    More Details Hide Details Muster flew back to Vienna to undergo surgery.
    On the night of 31 March 1989, Muster defeated Yannick Noah in five sets, 5–7, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–2, in the semifinals of the Lipton International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, Florida, to set up a final against the world no. 1, Ivan Lendl.
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    Early in 1989, Muster became the first Austrian to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open, losing in four sets to eventual champion, Ivan Lendl.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after that, Muster became the first Austrian to be ranked in the world's top 10.
  • 1988
    Age 20
    In 1988, Muster reached six top-level tournament finals, winning four of them, in Boston, Bordeaux, Prague and Bari.
    More Details Hide Details Muster finished the year ranked in the world's top 20 for the first time, at number 16.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 18
    Muster won his first top-level tournament at Hilversum, in the Netherlands, in 1986.
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  • 1985
    Age 17
    Muster turned professional in 1985, regularly playing in Challenger tournaments during the year, one of which he won in Belo Horizonte, as well as continuing to play in many top-level tournaments.
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  • 1984
    Age 16
    In 1984, Muster played his first match for Austria in the Davis Cup, played at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and also played in two tournaments on Austrian soil, which were the clay-court event in Kitzbühel, and the indoor carpet event in Vienna.
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    Muster played his first matches at the top-level in 1984, when he was still a junior player at the age of 16.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on October 2, 1967.
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