If Sebastian Korda, son of former Grand Slam champion Petr Korda, was ever lacking for inspiration at home, he only has to look at the careers of his current ‘coaches’. The American youngster has been training with tennis’ golden couple Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf during the off-season.
The 20-year-old posted a video of him training under the watchful eye of eight-time major champion Agassi. Korda, along with fellow American Marcos Giron, have been training with Agassi in Las Vegas over the past week.
Graf, who has 22 singles majors to her name, also joined the team on Sunday.
Since retiring in 2006, Agassi has had his pick of coaching assignments. He worked briefly from 2017-2018 with World No 1 Novak Djokovic and has recently been coaching Grigor Dimitrov. The American has been working with Korda since this summer.
Korda was recently nominated by the ATP for their ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ award. The 2018 Boys’ champion at the Australian Open has taken big strides on the tour in 2020. Having started the year ranked at 249, he has climbed to 118.
The youngster defeated Gilles Simon to make the main draw of the Cincinnati Masters this year. His breakthrough moment, however, came at the French Open the following month.
Having come through the qualifiers, he defeated top-100 players Andreas Seppi and John Isner en route a round of 16 finish in only his second Grand Slam appearance. He played his idol Rafael Nadal in the pre-quarterfinal but managed to win only four games.
Korda is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his parents. His father, Petr, who played for the Czech Republic, won the Australian Open in 1998 and reached the French Open final in 1992. His mother, Regina, peaked at No 26 on the WTA charts.