There are stories that start from scratch. Others, meanwhile, are predestined to follow a course, a path, a legacy. That makes, 32 years later, the American Sebastian Korda in this Roland Garros.
Taking his first steps in this kind of tournaments (he had his first victory there) in the place where his father Petr had his debut, this boy deludes his own and others in a land that sinceand Andy Roddick suffers from the lack of a representative in the world tennis elite.
The son of the former world number 2 first caught the attention of the tennis planet at the start of the 2018 season. There, in Australia’s Melbourne Park, Sebastian won the Australian Open junior twenty years after his father achieved it in professionals after beating the Chilean Marcelo Rios in three sets by triple 6-2.
Paris is a city that holds good memories for the family Korda. In 1989 her mother played a final, although. Claris Open. Curiosity? That event was also held in September. Her father, meanwhile, fell into the. Roland Garros final in front of the North American Jim Courier by 7-5, 6-2 and 6-1.
Sport is lived, felt and breathed within the Korda family. Regina Rajrchtova, his mother, was 26th in the WTA ranking and his sisters, Jessica and Nelly, are professional golfers. They also added triumphs in the Australian Golf Open, in 2012 and 2019, respectively.
He had already shown it in his match against Denis Shapovalov in what was his absolute debut in Grand Slam tournaments at the last US Open, which he entered through a wild card. But the one born 20 years ago in Bradenton, FloridaHe has everything to be one of the best players in the new breed of tennis.
As for his performance in the Bois de Boulogne, Korda surpassed the first week, in addition to qualifying, defeating players of the caliber of John isner with a lot of solvency and maturity. His pass to the round of 16 after his triumph against the Spanish Pedro Martinez by 6-4, 6-3 and 6-1 made him the youngest player to reach that stage in Paris since Ernests gulbis achieved it in 2008. In addition, he is the youngest American to reach this instance since Michael Chang did it in 1991.
Despite taking his first steps on the professional circuit, Korda takes time to relax and have fun on and especially off the court. After beating Isner, He gestured swimming to his coach and fitness trainer as they bet that if he advanced to the third round, they should swim for the Charles Bridge.
In the second round, his rival will be nothing less than Rafael Nadal, whom he deeply admires. Such is the idolatry she has for the Mallorcan that she even named her cat “Rafa”, with whom she usually has fun on social networks. Will you dare to show all your talent to give the big surprise in Paris?