Sadly, Thomas Muster was knocked out in the first round of the Nord LB Open by Conar Niland, ranked 165th in the world. The match wasn’t real close (6-2, 6-1), but Muster himself said it was to be expected considering he only began training about three weeks ago.

This doesn’t mark the end of Thomas Marks though (as he is listed in the draw sheet for some reason I can’t comprehend). He says his wife has given him permission to keep playing with the boys…

“I will continue competing in Challenger events this year and in 2011,” says Muster. “My wife gave the green light to chase my pubertal dream, so I will make use of that.”

Now that sounds like a 42-year-old married tennis player if I’ve ever heard one.

I haven’t been able to find any news about his next event, but will post it here as soon as I do (please feel free to leave a comment if you know more than I do).

In other news from this event, Gaston Gaudio also lost in the first round, and also in straight sets. Personally, I didn’t even realize he was still playing. Turns out these challenger events are more interesting than I thought.

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