Sebastian Korda, the 20-year-old American, is all that everyone is talking about right now. Korda, before come into the French Open 2020, had not won any tour-level match. But he left everyone surprised as he reached the 4th round of the tournament! This moment could not be better for the American as he will be playing against his idol, Rafael Nadal.
Korda played an impressive tennis game where he beat his opponent, Pedro Martinez of Spain, in the third round by 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.
Playing against Nadal is a dream come true for the 20-year-old, considering his admiration for the Spaniard. Korda confessed he named his cat Rafa after the 19-time grand slam winner.
Moreover, he talked about how he wished Nadal to win the third round and get a chance to play against him. The junior Australian open champ expressed how excited he is to play against his idol and role model.
“Growing up, I named my cat Rafa after him. That says a lot about how much I love the guy.” Sebastian told reporters while Nadal was on court against Italian Stefano Travaglia.
“I’m praying that he wins. I mean, he’s my biggest idol. He’s one of the reasons I play tennis. Just watching him play, an unbelievable competitor. Just from him, I have a never-give-up mentality. Whenever I’m on the court, I try to be like him. I’ll be the happiest person on planet earth if I do get to play him. I’m really looking forward to it.”, he added.
Sebastian Korda Son Of Petr Korda
Korda is the son of the former Czech tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová and brother of LPGA golfers Nelly and Jessica. His father is a former Australian Open champion and French Open finalist in both singles and doubles.
Nelly came close to winning her first major at the ANA Inspiration tournament last month, and Korda was up until the early hours in Prague watching on television.
“She is my best friend. She’s incredibly supportive. She’s having a really good year. I think my heart rate at the time was 87 or something like that. I have a picture of it. I was just completely stressed out.”, He told the reporters.
Korda’s family will for sure be tuning in on Sunday when Korda walks out to face 19-time Grand Slam champion Nadal.