Thiem adds Thomas Muster to coaching team

andrew hendrie:

World No. 4 Dominic Thiem has announced Austrian legend and former World No. 1 Thomas Muster will join his coaching team for 2020.

After working together as player and captain for Austria during the ATP Cup, Thiem has hired the services of Muster for half of the season.

Muster will work alongside Thiem’s current coach Nicolas Massu, who guided him to a maiden Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells last year.

“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,” Thiem said.

“I think nothing better can happen to me than to have a guy from my own country to help me hopefully achieve these goals.”

In addition to his Masters 1000 triumph in the Californian desert, Thiem picked up 500-level hardcourt silverware in Beijing and Vienna, reached a second consecutive French Open final and finished runner-up at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in 2019.

Muster, who lifted 44 titles during his illustrious career, says he wants to help Thiem fulfil his potential, which includes winning a Grand Slam and rising to World No. 1.

“If I can achieve with him to be No. 1 and to win a Grand Slam, I think he’s the only one I ever would have done it for, because to have an Austrian who has that opportunity, you have to kind of commit yourself. It’s almost a must,” Muster said.

“It is an honour that a player like Dominic is looking back at me and saying, ‘Well, there could be some help for me.’ And I’m happy to put all my knowledge and my experience that I had [from] all those many, many years playing tournaments if I can add some value to his game.

“I want to commit myself to this guy, and I want to make him better than I ever was.”

Thiem has made a slow start to 2020, winning just one of his three ATP Cup matches as Austria were eliminated in the group stage.

The 26-year-old will be aiming for a more successful Australian Open campaign later this month after retiring in the second round last year due to illness.