Last Updated on January 22, 2023
Sebastian Korda is a young American male tennis professional player who began to compete on Pro Tours in 2018 at the New York Open. He was born on the 5th of July, 2000, and raised in Bradenton, Florida, to a family of professional tennis players.
His father, Petr Korda, was once a world number 2 and marched the court between 1987 and 2005. He hails from the Czech Republic and has had an amazing career, winning 10 Singles and 10 Doubles career titles. Sebastian’s mother, Regina Rajchrtova, was also a professional female tennis player and attained a career highest ranking of 26 without any career title.
Sebastian also has two sisters, Jessica and Nelly, who are professional golfers.
Moreover, he also played golf for some time and won a golf tournament at age 11. Before playing tennis, Sebastian was said to have concentrated on his career as a junior ice hockey player and decided to play tennis after accompanying his father to the 2009 US Open.
The Kordas seem to share a special bond with Australia since four have won at least a title in the country. Sebastian won the 2018 Australian Boys Singles Open, while his father won the 1998 Australian Open. The ladies followed suit as Jessica won the 2012 LPGA in Australia while her sister, Nelly, won the 2019 LPGA title.
The current coach of Sebastian Korda is Petr Korda, who happens to be his father. Since Sebastian decided to play tennis at 9, he has been training under his father, who introduced him to the game.
Petr has contributed massively to his son’s development and shown why he was once a World Number 2 and Number 1 in the Singles and Doubles categories, respectively. He played tennis between 1987 and 2005 with several achievements to his name, although he ended his career in quite pathetic way.
Petr was guilty of allegations of intake of a prohibited drug substance and was banned for 12 months (a year) and stripped of the prize money and ranking he got at the tournament (19887 Wimbledon Open). He announced his retirement before the end of the ban, although he still participated in some tournaments after this.
His relationship with his son has been splendid since Sebastian is gradually developing into one of the best players in the world. Petr seems to have a close relationship with his children as he has guided his daughters at golf tournaments such as the 2008 US Women’s Open and 2013 US Women’s Open.
So far, with Sebastian, he has recorded some success, especially during his junior career. He led Sebastian to the Junior Boys Singles title at 2018 Australian Open and made him one of the finest young talents on the court.
At the senior level, Sebastian has been amazing. He already has one Singles title to his name, which was won at the 2021 Emilia-Romagna Open (the first of its kind) created due to the one-week delay of the French Open. The 22-year-old has achieved a career highest ranking of 30 in the Singles category and 176 in the Doubles category under his father. He currently sits at 31 and 401 under the two categories in the same order.
In January 2023, he reached the finals of the Adelaide International 1, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He also reached the 4th round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career, beating last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev in the third round.
Theodor Devoty and Dean Goldfine
Alongside his father, Sebastian is coached by two other individuals, Theodor Devoty and Dean Goldfine. Goldfine is an American coach and joined Sebastian’s coaching team in 2017, and he was crucial to his success at the 2018 Australia Boys Open.
Conversely, Devoty comes from the Czech Republic and has been a long-term friend of Petr, having worked with him to train former World Number 8 Radek Stepanek.
Devoty got a lot to say when asked about his relationship with Sebastian and other team members. He was quoted as follows:
I remember when I met him (Sebastian) for the first time when he was 11 or 12, and I was working with Radek [Stepanek], and he was the ball kid for us! Now he is two meters tall and 80 kg, where he is, and it is an amazing story. It is the whole family. His parents are doing an amazing job, and the children are all great.
We are like a family. The fitness guy Marek [Vseticek] worked with Petr for ten years, Radek for 13 years and now Sebi. I have known Marek for at least ten years. I have known Petr and Sebi for more than ten years. We are all friends and like a family together as a team. We have great respect for each other. You can’t focus even three months ahead. You need to focus and get him ready for the next week. He will lose one Week, and then he will start a new tournament on Monday, which is a new challenge. The short term has to be the focus.
Sebastian also trains with Andre Agassi, especially during the preseason, to help with his development. He has found this pretty exciting and was reported to have said the following about his coaching team,
“I have a lot of knowledge and a lot of experience in my corner. So it’s a lot of great talks, and I try and take in as much as possible, yeah, try to use it the way I can.”
From records, Sebastian did not have any previous coach since he has always trained under his father. It is possible he had attended some kind of tennis academy or had a private tennis coach at one time. Still, the records only recognized his father as his coach before and after he became a professional.
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Sebastian Korda’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Sebastian Korda under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Petr Korda||-Till date||2021 Emilia-Romagna (Parma) Open|
Sebastian seems to have lost his form recently. Still, he should be able to stage a massive comeback considering the number of experienced individuals guiding him. He has his father and two other top coaches and support from other top players. Combining all these benefits is enough to surge him higher on the court.