Rising American star Sebastian Korda thinks he is the one that he will be hunted this year. Korda, 21, proved himself on the Tour last year as he won Parma, and made finals at the Delray Beach Open and Next Gen ATP Finals.
“Last year I was hunting everyone and now people are going to be hunting me, so it’s going to be a new thing that I’m going to experience and hopefully I’m going to do really well with it,” Korda told the ATP website.
“I’ve always been around pressure with my dad [former World No. 2 Petr Korda], and how great of a tennis player he was, and my family with both of my sisters [World No. 1 LPGA star Nelly and former Top 10 member Jessica].
So, I’m used to it, I’m doing something that I love and all the pressure that I get is just good pressure”.
Korda recalls his positive COVID-19 test
Korda was projected to start his season in Adelaide but a positive COVID-19 test forced him to skip the event.
Korda ended up pulling out of Adelaide and Adelaide 2. “It was kind of a weird case. I took a test two days before I left [the United States], the day before I left and when I arrived it was positive,” Korda said.
“So it was weird for me but luckily I had no symptoms and Tennis Australia took really good care of me. They gave me equipment right away so I was never bored in the room and I could at least work a little bit. “I was still playing a little bit of tennis in my room, so I still had a little feel for the ball, and I was moving around my room, so it wasn’t too bad.
“I was doing sessions over the computer with my physio and my fitness trainer, just to always be doing something and get the body moving. The thing I was looking forward to most was definitely fresh air. You take a lot for granted”.