Vienna: Former top-ranked Thomas Muster's brief comeback ended on Tuesday after a 6-2, 6-3 loss to fellow Austrian Dominic Thiem in the first round of the Erste Bank Open.
The 44-year-old Muster returned to competitive tennis in 2010 after 11 years away but managed just two wins in 26 matches — both on the lower-tier Challenger circuit. He said before the Vienna tournament that it would be his final event.
"I don't regret anything," said Muster, who fought back tears after the match in the 7,000-capacity Stadthalle. "My comeback was not about winning or losing, it was about the feeling of being able to compete at top level again."