Team Austria finished its second tie of the ATP Cup in Sydney at 12:01am Tuesday. The country’s captain, Thomas Muster, celebrated with his team, did a television interview, made sure his players were taken care of, before eventually heading back to his hotel — nearly 30 minutes away — in the early hours of the morning.
At 11am that same day, Muster was in tournament transportation back to the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre with his tennis bag in tow. Among the activities for his team were a 1pm Strategy Room session (one hour) and a 3pm practice (90 minutes). This is on his country’s off day.
“I don’t really need a hotel, I should just be staying here because there are so few hours of sleep, I might as well have a couch here. That’s what it feels like,” Muster told ATPTour.com. “I haven’t seen anything [in Sydney] except New Year’s Eve fireworks, but that was about it. Other than that, I’ve only seen the courtesy cars, the hotel and pretty much this place. Fair enough, that’s what I’m here for. It’s not a holiday, we know that.
“I want the players to feel well and to be prepared well and that’s what I’m here for: to serve the players, to talk to them, to advise them.”
To say Muster is taking his role as Austrian captain seriously would be a major understatement. The former World No. 1 is doing everything in his power to put his country in position to win.
“I always enjoy being around tennis. That’s me. But looking at the event, I think it’s amazing the way it’s organised around the country. It’s great to see,” Muster said. “If you look at the intensity the guys have, the way they’re supporting the teams, the captains, but also the players, is very professional. It’s on a very high level.”