Sebastian Korda’s dream week at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com did not come to a perfect end on Wednesday when he lost in the league game to Hubert Hurkacz, but the disappointment will not keep the American #NextGenATP on land.
“I still manage things quite well. In 2019, I lost in the final of the last tournament of the year in a Challenger with a few match points against JJ Wolf and if I had won this match, I would have participated in the qualifications of the Australian Open » , Korda said. “It’s always a step in the right direction and I always take the positives from things and I will have no problem dealing with it. For me, that’s just a big plus. I’m going to go back there, I’m going to work hard, trust my tennis and keep doing the things that I do.
This mindset helped the 20-year-old stay focused throughout an impressive performance at Delray Beach, where he reached his first TBEN final. Prior to the tournament, Korda had just three round-level wins, all of which came at Roland Garros last year.
The world No. 119 does not leave the ATP 250 with the champion’s trophy, but next Monday he will move on the sidelines of the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP rankings. Reaching that milestone will be one of the American’s biggest goals when he starts competing again, but Korda is focused on daily improvement, not just certain numbers.
“For sure, breaking the Top 100 and being a consistent player in these bigger tournaments would be very important for me to get used to that atmosphere and these players,” Korda said. “It would be super cool, but it’s all a process and for me I’m still 20 years old, so this year is always about learning and hard work.
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After a few days at home in Florida, Korda plans to train in the Czech Republic ahead of the ATP Challenger Tour events in France. But the short time at home will give the 6’5 ”right-hander a chance to reflect on a special week at Delray Beach. Korda’s parents, former world No.2 Petr Korda and former WTA player Regina Kordova, were in the ATP 250 stands throughout the week, as was her sister Jessica Korda, a golfer. professional. Sebi’s other sister, Nelly Korda, who is also a professional golfer, traveled to Delray Beach for the title game.
“I always went to my sisters’ golf tournaments and it was always me and my parents on the outside. It’s super cool to see my whole family sitting in a box, ”Korda said. “I have dreamed of playing Grand Slam and seeing my family there supporting me since I was little. Imagining these things has always been super special and seeing it come to pass now, all the hard work and all the time that I put into doing what I love is finally paying off and I hope I can keep going on the same path as I continue straight away.
Many young players would be devastated after losing their first TBEN final. But Korda would smile and even laugh at times during his post-game press conference. Now he’s getting ready for the three hour drive to the west coast of Florida, where the Korda family live. Instead of thinking about his loss to Hurkacz, Korda will spend the race alongside Nelly, remembering one of the best tournaments of his young career.
“I didn’t really understand how well I played this week and the great games I have played,” Korda said. “I played some very good top players this week and only good things are going to come out of it.”