Sebastian Korda speaks on having Andre Agassi as his mentor



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Sebastian Korda speaks on having Andre Agassi as his mentor

Sebastian Korda says he is thrilled to have Andre Agassi as his mentor and described Agassi and Steffi Graff as "an incredible couple." Korda, 21, is the son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda. Agassi, who was once battling against Petr Korda on the biggest stage, is now a mentor to his son.

"Andre is a mentor to me. I was allowed to spend a few weeks with him and Steffi. They are incredible as a couple. Steffi can still play tennis like she did in her prime," Korda told tennis MAGAZIN.

Korda optimistic that American tennis will get a Grand Slam champion

Throughout tennis history, American tennis has had many great players and champions.

But American tennis hasn't had a male Grand Slam champion since Andy Roddick won the 2003 US Open. Korda, who is one of the most promising players on the ATP Tour, feels American tennis has several really talented players and soon they will break their Grand Slam drought.

"In any case, everyone is hungry. Everyone wants a new tennis champion. We have great guys: Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe, Jenson Brooksby, myself, and a few others. We all push each other. I hope that we will break the barrier soon.

We're big guys, big servers, we play aggressively. That's the key these days. We are all super young and doing a good job. We're still fairly new to the tour and we're gaining new experiences at every tournament," Korda said.

So far, Korda has made the second week of a Grand Slam twice. At the 2020 French Open, Korda reached the round-of-16 before losing to Rafael Nadal. In his Wimbledon debut - which came last year - Korda made the round-of-16 before falling short to Karen Khachanov in a tight five-setter.

This season wasn't really great for Korda at the Grand Slam level. Korda reached the third rounds at the Australian Open and French Open, while he made the second round at the US Open. Korda didn't play at Wimbledon as he was forced to skip the tournament.