Gary Muller
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Gary Muller

Gary Muller
Country (sports)South Africa /  South Africa
ResidenceToronto, Ontario
Born (1964-12-27) 27 December 1964 (age 56)
Durban, South Africa
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1985
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,447,455
Career record85-118
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 49 (6 August 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1987)
French Open2R (1991)
Wimbledon2R (1991)
US Open3R (1990)
Career record264-238
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 7 (15 November 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1990)
French OpenQF (1991)
WimbledonSF (1988, 1993)
US OpenSF (1986)

Gary Muller (born 27 December 1964) is a former professional South African tennis player.

Muller turned pro in 1985. His 12-year career included wins over Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Stefan Edberg. Muller's best singles result at a Grand Slam was reaching the third round in the 1987 Australian Open in which he lost to Miloslav Me?í? of Czechoslovakia. A more successful doubles player than singles, Muller won eight doubles titles in his career with six different partners and reached a career highest ranking of 7th in November 1993. He reached the semi-final of the men's doubles at four Grand Slams (1986 US Open, 1988 Wimbledon, 1990 Australian Open and 1993 Wimbledon). Muller still holds the record for the most aces served in a three set match (54) in a 1993 Wimbledon Qualifying match against Peter Lundgren.[1]

After his retirement in 1997 Muller worked for eight years as an ATP Tour coach during which time he worked with Jonas Björkman, Stefan Koubek, Sargis Sargsian and Thomas Johansson. He was with Dominic Thiem as his Touring Coach when he clinched the title in Rio in 2017.[2]

Muller was on the ATP Board of Directors as a Player Representative from 2002 to 2004.[3]

He currently resides in Ontario, Canada with his wife and four children.[3]

Career finals

Doubles (8 wins, 12 losses)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Jul 1987 Schenectady, U.S. Hard United States Gary Donnelly United States Brad Pearce
United States Jim Pugh
7-6, 6-2
Loss 1. Nov 1988 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i) United States Tim Wilkison United States Kevin Curren
United States David Pate
6-7, 4-6
Win 2. Jul 1989 Washington, U.S. Hard United Kingdom Neil Broad United States Jim Grabb
United States Patrick McEnroe
6-7, 7-6, 6-4
Loss 2. Aug 1990 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard United Kingdom Neil Broad Australia Darren Cahill
Australia Mark Kratzmann
6-7, 2-6
Loss 3. Sep 1990 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) United Kingdom Neil Broad South Africa Stefan Kruger
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
6-4, 6-7, 3-6
Win 3. Oct 1990 Toulouse, France Hard United Kingdom Neil Broad Denmark Michael Mortensen
Netherlands Michiel Schapers
7-6, 6-4
Win 4. Jul 1991 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay South Africa Danie Visser France Guy Forget
Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
7-6, 6-4
Win 5. Oct 1991 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) Sweden Anders Järryd Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
United States Patrick McEnroe
6-4, 7-5
Loss 4. Feb 1992 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) United States Kevin Curren Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
5-7, 6-4, 6-7
Win 6. Apr 1992 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Kevin Curren New Zealand Kelly Evernden
United States Brad Pearce
7-6, 6-4
Loss 5. Apr 1993 Seoul, South Korea Hard United Kingdom Neil Broad Sweden Jan Apell
Sweden Peter Nyborg
7-5, 6-7, 2-6
Loss 6. Jun 1993 London/Queen's Club, U.K. Grass United Kingdom Neil Broad Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7-6, 3-6, 4-6
Loss 7. Jul 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Clay South Africa Piet Norval Netherlands Tom Nijssen
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
6-7, 3-6
Win 7. Oct 1993 Lyon, France Carpet (i) South Africa Danie Visser South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
South Africa Stefan Kruger
6-3, 7-6
Loss 8. Oct 1993 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) South Africa Danie Visser Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
1-6, 6-3, 2-6
Loss 9. Jun 1994 Halle, Germany Grass France Henri Leconte France Olivier Delaître
France Guy Forget
4-6, 7-6, 4-6
Loss 10. Oct 1994 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet South Africa Piet Norval Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Karel Nová?ek
4-6, 6-1, 3-6
Loss 11. Mar 1995 Indian Wells, USA Hard South Africa Piet Norval United States Tommy Ho
New Zealand Brett Steven
4-6, 6-7
Loss 12. Oct 1996 Beijing, China Hard (i) Germany Patrik Kühnen Czech Republic Martin Damm
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
4-6, 5-7
Win 8. Feb 1997 San Jose, U.S. Hard (i) United States Brian MacPhie The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
4-6, 7-6, 7-5


  1. ^ "Les records d'aces sur un match - Tennis Legend". Tennis Legend (in French). Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Ottawa, Harald (27 February 2017). "Für Dominic Thiem geht es von Rio nach Acapulco und Miami" (in German).
  3. ^ a b "Gary Muller | Bio | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. 17 April 2017.

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