Rising American star Sebastian Korda has suffered a double setback at the start of the season as he is set to miss the first two tournaments he had on his 2022 schedule. Korda, ranked at No. 41 in the world, was scheduled to start his 2022 season at this week's ATP event in Adelaide.
Korda also signed up for Adelaide 2, which is set to take place next week. Following the withdrawal of Korda, a place in the Adelaide 2 main draw opened for Gianluca Mager.
On Thursday, Korda announced he tested positive for COVID-19 and obviously he won't leave the isolation in time for Adelaide 2.
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"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 captured his maiden ATP title in Parma last year, while he ended runner-up in Delreay Beach and the Next Gen ATP Finals.
Korda's coach Theodor Devoty recently reflected on the American's 2021 season. "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. Korda, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 38 last year, is still expected to play at the Australian Open.