Top 50 ATP player Sebastian Korda recently said in an interview that tennis great Andre Agassi is like a mentor to him and that he was incredibly lucky to have trained with both Agassi and his 22-time Grand Slam champion wife Steffi Graf, adding that Graf could still play tennis like she used to in her prime.
Korda, son of former World No.2 Petr Korda, is one of the next string of players from the US who is looking to break the country’s Grand Slam singles drought since 2003. For most of the 1990s and before, US dominated world tennis with the likes of Michael Chang, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe.
“In any case, everyone is hungry. Everyone wants a new tennis champion. We have great guys: Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe, Jenson Brooksby, myself and a few others. We all push each other. I hope that we will break the barrier soon,” Korda recently told Tennis Magazine.
Sebastian Korda vs Carlos Alcaraz: A future rivalry?
Korda has already beaten current US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz this year, one of the only few players from the Next Gen who have come close to threatening the Spaniard. Otherwise Alcaraz has been pretty ahead of most of his competition from the same age group, except the likes of Jannik Sinner and Alexander Zverev.
On being asked if a rivalry could develop, Korda remarked, “Hopefully! We’re both young, he’s a bit younger than me, but we’ve played each other quite a few times. Hopefully many matches will follow.”
Interestingly, Alcaraz had even replied on Korda’s victory celebration Instagram post during the Monte Carlo Masters this year, saying he was already looking forward to their next match.
Sebastian Korda and his ‘3D’ training technique
Korda is known for his uncanny way of trying to improve his eye speed by using 3D glasses on the computer.
On being asked if he employs any other atypical methods during training, Korda chucked and said, “No, just the thing with the eye.”
Interestingly, Korda’s sisters are both professional golfers. Was golf an issue? “Rather not. My sisters fell in love with golf at a very young age. We live on a golf course. But I always wanted to play tennis,” Korda said in the interview.