Dernière mise à jour : 15 sept. 2021
Why did you choose him?
I chose to tell you about Thomas Muster because he is a great inspiration in my life. The way he didn't give up helps my tennis motivation. If he ever fell, he always found a way to get up and fight.
His life as a tennis player.
Thomas Muster (right) (born October 2, 1967) is a former world No. 1 tennis player from Austria. One of the world's leading clay court players in 1990.
He won the French Open in 1995 and in its heyday was known as "The king of clay".
With his French Open title in 1995, Muster became the first Austrian to
win a Grand Slam singles title, and the only one until Dominic Thiem wins the US Open in 2020.
In early 1989, he became the first Austrian to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open, ultimately losing in four sets to world No.1 Ivan Lendl. Soon after, he became the first Austrian to reach the top 10 in the world.
On the night of March 31, 1989, he defeated Yannick Noah in five sets in the semi-finals of the Lipton International Players' Championships in Key Biscayne, Fla., To face Lendl in the final.
However, in the early hours of April 1, 1989, the day after his semifinal victory, he was hit by a drunk driver, and the shock severed ligaments in his left knee and forced him to abandon the final. Muster returned to Vienna for surgery.
Using a chair specially designed for him, Thomas Muster returned to training while his knee recovered.
By September 1989, just six months after the accident, he was back on the competitive field.
Here are his own words after his rehabilitation:
“My return was not to lose or win; it was about the feeling of being able to compete again at the highest level. ”
-Thomas Muster, 1989.
A powerful testimony for me:
With a heel injury last summer, I kept coming to the pitch. My father made me work differently, on my knees, sitting on a bench ... One of the club's coaches saw us and referred to Thomas Muster.
What an honor for me!
Muster never gave up, he always tried. Despite his injury, he found a way to continue training. He has always remained positive, and ambitious. He is a real example for me.