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Austrian tennis player, Thomas Muster, has retired from the professional game, after his recent loss to Dominic Thiem in the Austrian Open. The left-handed player lost the match 6-2, 6-3, in what was his 896th appearance on a tennis court. "I didn't know whether to cry, or to play", the 44-year-old said, in the wake of his final match.

While Muster's name may be unfamiliar to fans of the modern game, the Austrian was celebrated in the 1990s, as the "undisputed king of red clay", to quote the New York Times. Muster's success on soft surfaces culminated in his win at the Roland Garros in 1995, a victory he would never repeat, in the following years. Those following the tennis betting will know this.

However, Muster was fortunate to have any career, at all. In 1989, he was involved in a collision with a drunk driver, an incident that severed the ligaments in his left knee. The injury ensured that Muster had difficulty on hard courts, but did little to dampen his resolve; he was playing again within six months.

Muster 'retired' in 1999, but, much like female player, Kim Clijsters, made a welcome return as a wild card at a later event. Muster made his second debut at the Austrian Open, last year. His return was fleeting, however. He hung up his tennis shoes for the final time in front of 7,500 supporters, earlier this week. Fans of live-in play betting will be sorry to see him go.

The news of Muster's retirement was greeted with a ten minute standing ovation from the crowd.

Speaking of his tenure in the spotlight, Muster said, "I loved it because it was great to see myself every week playing better, […] and winning a few matches." The Austrian, who is one of only three players to win Masters events on three surfaces, said he enjoyed "practising with the guys", and "doing my job".
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