Thomas Muster is a tennis legend in Austria and it seemed as he was the natural “celebrity coach” for Dominic Thiem. Therefore, no one was really surprised when Dominic and Thomas announced their partnership ahead of the Australian Open.
Muster was meant to stay with Dominic 20 weeks per year and the world no.5 was elated of having him around to comment: “I think that there are many things that I can still improve. And then of course Thomas is best player of Austria all-time by far, and he is the only one who achieved the goals I’m still having. I think nothing better can happen to me than to have a guy from my own country to help me hopefully achieve these goals.”
Eventually, things didn’t go at all as planned as Dominic dumped Thomas after just 2 weeks. Thiem explained:
“Well, nothing bad happened there. But we already said before we started the relationship that if it doesn’t work out, we’re gonna stop it, and that was the case. I mean, I think it’s always difficult, especially for me at the stage where I am, to find something perfect to add to my team. And I just had the feeling that it’s not going to work out together, and that’s why we finished. So that’s all.”
Thomas was less diplomatic in explaining the reason for the split when talking to Eurosport to comment:
To be honest I have seen myself in this role for the next two years. Why he has chosen differently. I know why, but I don’t want to say the details. It is like this: There are houses which look nice from the outside, wonderful from the outside, but you rarely know who lives inside.”
Thiem at the Australian Open, ranking, and results in 2020
Currently the world no.5, Thiem has a 6-2 win-loss record in 2020. Thiem is at the Australian Open where he ousted Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-5 6-2, Alex Bolt 6-2 5-7 6-75 6-1 6-2, Taylor Harry Fritz 6-2 6-4 6-75 6-4, Gael Monfils 6-2 6-4 6-4 and Rafael Nadal 7-63 7-64 4-6 7-66.
Thiem won 16 titles in his career: 3 on hard courts, 10 on clay courts, 2 on indoor courts and 1 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)