Rising American star Sebastian Korda is looking forward to making his debut at the Citi Open as he is hoping to win it all in Washington this week. Korda, 21, came to the Citi Open in 2014 as at the time his father Petr was coaching Radek Stepanek.
“The player my dad was coaching, Radek Stepanek, was playing a night match,” Korda recalled on Tuesday, per the Washington City Paper. “He was up, like, a set, 4-1, double break, 40-15, and lost the match”.
Korda, seeded at No. 12, had a first round bye in Washington. “I’ve had a really good year so far,” Korda said. “Sometimes you don’t realize how great of a year you’ve had. A year ago I was ranked 220 in the world.
Now I’m in the top 50 competing for tournaments. The process has been sped up super fast … Sometimes you don’t realize how well you’re doing. I really noticed that after Wimbledon. I kind of sat down and just thought about the year, how it’s gone.
Yeah, just super happy with how everything’s going. I’m putting in the work. Every day I’m just super grateful to be out here”.
Korda aims a deep Washington run
Korda has had a great season so far as a few months ago he captured his maiden ATP title in Parma.
Korda is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 45 in the world and a potential deep run in Washington could lead to a new career-high ranking. “It would be super cool,” he said of potentially winning a tournament his father won.
“My dad winning it, then Radek, he won here as well. I think that would be really awesome, just having my dad coaching him, then coaching me. If we were somehow to pull it off and win this tournament, it would be something super special, that’s for sure”.