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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Muster Skips Wimbledon,Blames Old Thigh Injury


HALLE, Germany -- Thomas Muster pulled out of Wimbledon on Thursday after aggravating a thigh injury at the Halle grass-court tournament.

The Austrian, who last week reached the semifinal of the pre-Wimbledon warm-up at London's Queen's Club, made his announcement after losing 4-6 6-2 6-1 to New Zealand's Brett Steven in the second round of a grass-court event in Halle.

"I need time for this injury to heal," said Muster, who earlier in the week expressed annoyance that he had only been seeded seventh at Wimbledon because of his poor career record on grass.

Muster also missed Wimbledon last year. In four previous appearances, he has never won a match.

Muster, his left thigh strapped, limped badly through the last two sets against Steven. He continued to play, despite being unable to run at full speed.

Muster had worked hard to prepare himself on grass for Wimbledon, where he had never won a match in four previous appearances.

Muster, a clay-court expert ranked No. 2 in the world, blasted the Wimbledon seeding system as a "joke" after he was seeded No. 7 earlier this week.

His coach, Ronnie Leitgeb, had suggested Muster could pull out of Wimbledon in protest over the seeding issue. ()