French Open 2020 – From Peter Korda to Sebastian Korda

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French Open 2020 – From Peter Korda to Sebastian Korda

One of the great American stories at the French Open has been Sebastian Korda’s run. As a 20-year-old qualifier, that had never won an ATP level match, he now finds himself in the Round of 16. Unfortunately, for Sebastian, his run will be ended by 12-time French Open champion, Rafa Nadal. Pay no mind to that though, as Sebastian comes from Tennis royalty, being the son of Peter Korda, one of the best players from the 1990s. Peter Korda won the Australian Open and was a French Open finalist. He was known for his high-spirited play and offensive baseline game. He was also known for celebrating with a jumping scissor kick!

It’s not often that the children of great tennis players become great players themselves. However, it’s looking very likely that Sebastian will break this trend. Qualifying at a major and reaching the round of 16 is no small feat, and we can probably expect the youngster to see some great results after his French Open run.

The points that he’ll receive from the French Open will put him in the top 150 players in the world, and closer to being in the top 100. Once in the top 100 he’ll be able to enter more draws without the need to qualify. This should be good news for Sebastian. As for the rest of the year, he’ll have the opportunity to build on this confident run and build some points at some of the remaining tournaments this year. As of today, The Paris Masters is still on tap, as well as the St. Petersburg Open, and the European Open.

He will then try to make some noise at the Australian Open in three months. You never know, maybe this 20-year-old youngster is the future of American tennis we’ve all been waiting for. As we all know, clay is not the surface of choice for Americans. So, if he’s making his statement on clay, let’s get excited on what he can do on a hard court when he’s full of confidence!

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