On Saturday 27th January 2018, Sebastian Korda won his biggest match yet. Final of Boys singles Australian Open, one of four most valuable tournaments in the world. Celebration on the court reminded the famous celebration done by his father Petr Korda 20 years ago at the same place. Korda scissor kick jump is just a small funny detail in the incredible but still developing story of Korda tennis family.
Petr Korda – young and talented Czech
Petr Korda was born 23rd January 1968 in Prague, Czech Republic (at that time it was Czechoslovakia). He started his tennis career at local club Sparta Prague. It took just a few years before everybody recognized talent in skinny Czech. He won his first big tournament in 1985 at Paris French Open Boys doubles (together with Cyril Suk). At that same year they won also Junior World Championship in Doubles, and next year Petr Korda won Wimbledon 1986 Junior Doubles with Tomas Carbonell. Nobody was surprised when next year, 19-year-old Petr Korda started his professional career. It really looked that new tennis star was born.
Petr Korda – tennis star is born
Just three years as a pro and he stayed on his favorite clay surface in final again. Petr Korda and Goran Ivanisevic lost to Spaniards Casal and Sanchez-Vicario in two sets in French Open 1990 Doubles final, but his mark in pro tennis was definitely set. In 1992 he put his foot on clay at the same place at the same position. But this time it was Singles final of French Open 1992. He lost in three sets with Jim Courier, but it looked that it is just a question of time for Petr Korda to become Grand Slam winner.
Six years of waiting
However, it took 6 more years before we saw Petr Korda in Grand Slam Final again. Six years after his first Doubles final performance, in 1996 Australian Open, in pair with Stefan Edberg, they beat Canadian duo Lareau, O’Brien 7-5 7-5 4-6 6-1.
And again 6 years after his first Singles final, we saw him in Singles Grand Slam final again.The year 1998 and Petr Korda celebrates his first (and only) singles Grand Slam triumph. He beat Marcelo Rios 6-2 6-2 6-2 and showed his „Korda scissor kick“ to the world in Melbourne. He ranked as high as no.2 in ATP Rankings after the Australian Open 1998 and the attack on number one position was his ultimate task for coming spring.
Petr Korda touched the stars just to be burned
On his 30th birthday, he was at the top of his tennis career. Nobody knew that the fall down will be so quick and harsh.
During the spring, there were two matches when he could capture number one position in the ranking. He lost them both, but the biggest loss came during Wimbledon 1998. He was tested positive for Nandrolone steroid in concentration 20 times higher than the benchmark set for Nandrolone.
At first instance, he was stripped of money and points earned on Wimbledon and suspended for one year. Later after his appeal, the suspension was withdrawn. However, a huge disapproval between other players led the International Tennis Federation to reissue former verdict and Korda never returned to professional tennis.
Triumph at Australian Open 1998 was his biggest and also last tournament win. What could be a sad story of one tennis player who reaches the top and then falls to the floor have the unbelievable continuation.
Korda Family – golf & golf & tennis
Petr Korda married former Czech tennis player Regina Rajchrtova in 1992.
They have three children, Jessica (born 1993), Nelly (1998) and Sebastian (2000). All three kids are representing the USA, even with Petr keeping his Czech citizenship and passport. Jessica and Nelly are professional golf players. Sebastian plays tennis like his father and mother.
Petr Korda who fully supported his children in sports was caddy of Jessica during U.S. Women’s Open 2008 when Jessica as 15 years old finished at 19th place. In 2013, he did the same for Nelly during another U.S. Women’s Open. Both girls are still successfully playing the golf at pro level.
Sebastian Korda – new tennis star is born?
Sebastian Korda is trying to build his pro career in tennis like his father. Currently, it looks, he is at the right way to level or even overcome the successes of his father. Starting with the big win in Boys Singles at Australian Open exactly 20 years after his father Petr reached the top of his career at the same tournament, Sebastian career looks promising. But the road to stars just starts for Sebastian.
Hopefully, we will see much more „Korda scissors“ in the future, and the name Korda will be forever set as the most interesting family name in tennis history.
https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petr_Korda – in Czech
https://sport.idnes.cz/petr-korda-rozhovor-tenis-dcz-/tenis.aspx?c=A170714_210128_tenis_tof – in Czech https://sport.pravda.sk/tenis/clanok/455819-ked-kucera-dobyjal-australiu-hnal-ma-zial-za-mamou/ – in Slovak