Rising American star Sebastian Korda announced he tested positive for COVID-19 upon his arrival to Australia. Korda, 21, was scheduled to kick off his 2022 season in Adelaide but he was withdrawn from the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.
Korda, ranked at No. 41 in the world, is following all the protocols and training in his hotel room. "Landed in Adelaide and tested positive," Korda announced. "No symptoms and two negative results since testing positive.
Respecting all the local covid protocols and training in my room but I have to work on my ball control, Thank you Tennis Australia for all the equipment!"
Korda enjoyed a breakout 2021 season
Korda enjoyed a good 2021 season as he captured his maiden ATP title in Parma, while he ended runner-up in Delray Beach and the Next Gen ATP Finals.
"It was a complicated start to the season. We were in Belgrade, Munich and Madrid and he lost in the first round each time. Then we came to our base in Prague and we talked and did two weeks of practise and went to Parma.
First round he played [Andreas] Seppi, a tough match. He won in three sets and then it started. That was the first tournament with his girlfriend and he lifted the trophy. He beat [Lorenzo] Sonego and in the final, he beat [Marco] Cecchinato.
It was an amazing week and we enjoyed it a lot and it was great. It helped with his confidence," Korda's coach Theodor Devoty told the ATP website. Also, Korda made his maiden Grand Slam round-of-16 at Wimbledon and achieved a career-high ranking of No.
38 in the world. "If you asked Sebi, I don’t think he would say he was in shock, but I think he was. The fourth round at a major is amazing," Devoty added. Korda is expected to be ready for the Australian Open.
Korda has no previous main draw appearance at Melbourne Park as in 2019 he failed to make it past the Australian Open qualifying event.