Tempers Flare in Essen as Cash Beats Muster
TEMPERS FLARE IN ESSEN AS CASH BEATS MUSTER
After a year of toil on the Delta Tour of Champions, the Road to London comes to an end at the Deichmann Champions Trophy in Essen, Germany this week, and temperatures are running high.
Pat Cash beat Thomas Muster 6-0, 6-1 in the tournament’s opening match, and there were times when a boxing ring might have been a more suitable arena in which to settle their differences.
The aggravation began towards the end of the second set with Cash playing irresistible tennis to lead 5-0.
Muster finally set up an easy winner, drilling the ball down the centre of the court and catching Cash in the chest. Cash, convinced that the Austrian had deliberately tried to hit him with the ball, decided to have it out with Muster. The pair indulged in an angry exchange, which ended with Cash pushing Muster in the chest and suggesting that they retreat to the locker room to sort it out. Muster insisted that he had not been trying to hit his opponent, and eventually they returned to complete the match.
Cash’s dominance continued in the second set, and a disgruntled Muster refused to shake hands afterwards.
Pat Cash versus Thomas Muster: Muster hits Cash with a ball; Cash, believing this was on purpose, pushes him back and suggests they resolve the dispute like men in the locker-room. These are the “grown-ups” of the seniors’ tour.