By Taylor Eastman
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
For Dominik Mueller adjusting to life in America hasn’t been easy. Fortunately, the Baylor men’s tennis standout has been able to lean on his teammates for support.
“It helps having the support around me,” Mueller said. “They know how hard it is to adapt to new situations, so we all support each other.”
Originally from Frankfurt, Germany, Mueller has quickly noticed a difference in the game here as opposed to back home.
“Tennis is much more intense here in the States,” he said. “The crowd is more involved and it keeps you pumped up.”
In spite of the intensity, it took the junior very little time to adjust once he got to Baylor. He finished his rookie campaign during the 2006-07 season with a team-best 32-9 singles record, which led the conference at the No. 5 position.
Mueller came out even stronger his sophomore year, registering the squad's best dual match singles record at 28-4. He ended the season on an eight-match win streak and was ranked No. 79 nationally.
Mueller’s outstanding performance isn’t limited to just the tennis court. He has proven to be just as devoted to his studies.
“An advantage to playing tennis in the States is that you can also get an education,” Mueller said. “You don’t have to choose between one or the other like you would in Germany.”
There is no doubt that Mueller is seizing of the opportunity to get a degree while strengthening his tennis skills. He is majoring in finance and currently has a 3.92 GPA. He was named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List for four straight semesters, and was an Academic All-Big 12 first team selection in 2008.
With an academic record like that, it is no surprise that Mueller was recently chosen as the American Bank Academic All-Star of the Year.
Cultural differences have not been an issue for the German. He quickly overcame the language barrier and has become a friendly face around the Baylor campus. When this easy going all-star is not excelling in academics or on the courts, he enjoys soccer or just hanging out with friends.
Those friends have become invaluable to Mueller since being away from home.
“It is really hard being away from home because my parents were always there for me,” he said.
He has found success even without his family in the stands at every match. Despite them being so far, his family has managed to make it to a few over the last couple of seasons, making those matches that much more special. Even after all of his success since coming to the U.S., Mueller hasn’t forgotten where he came from.
“They have always supported me,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here without my family.”