Sebastian Korda Reveals Why He Named His Cat After Rafael Nadal

Published 11/12/2021, 8:30 AM EST
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 04: Rafael Nadal and Sebastian Korda tap racquets at the net at the end of the match won by Rafael Nadal of Spain in the fourth round of the men’s singles at Roland Garros on October 04, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)


Sebastian Korda recently advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP Next Gen Finals 2021. The Rafael Nadal fanboy has played some incredible tennis at the tournament and is yet to lose a match there.

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Sebastian Korda is one of the favorites to win the ATP Next Gen Finals this year. However, he will most likely have to beat another rising star in Carlos Alcaraz, in the finals to achieve the feat.

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Sebastian Korda reveals he has a cat named after Rafael Nadal

In a recent interview to atptour.com, Korda disclosed that he has two cats and one of them is named after the 20-time Grand Slam winner, Nadal. He stated that he calls him ‘Raffy’.

I have two cats. One of them is named after Rafael Nadal, what we call him Raffy,” said Korda in the interview.

Those who know about Korda knows that he is a huge fan of Rafa. He admires him to such an extent that he even named his cat after the former World No.1 player.

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Korda recalls his first battle against Nadal

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In the same interview, Korda remembered his first match against his idol, Nadal. It was at the French Open 2020, where the Spaniard defeated him in straight sets. Even though Korda lost, he highlighted that it was a dream come true for him to play against the iconic star inn Rafa. He even expressed his desire to encounter him in the future as well.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his fourth round match against Sebastian Korda of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

“I played Rafa at Roland Garros and yeah, I think, the first part of the day, I wasn’t really sure what was happening… My dream match was to play against Rafael Nadal at the French Open and to get that opportunity, especially at 20-years-old is a dream come true and hopefully, I could get another shot at him,” added the American player.

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Sebastian Korda will face his fellow compatriot, Brandon Nakashima, in the semis of the tournament. Will he be able to conquer Milan this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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