22-Year-Old American Prodigy Sebastian Korda’s Girlfriend’s Legendary Father Slapped With an Unfortunate Ban

Published 01/23/2023, 6:47 AM EST
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Sebastian Korda is having a wonderful start to the 2023 ATP Tour. He is currently looking to secure a place in the semifinals of the Australian Open. However, the opposite is the case for his girlfriend’s father and soccer legend, Pavel Nedved. The Serie A giant Juventus bade farewell to Nedved, former midfielder and vice-president, on 18th January following his resignation in November, as the 2003 Ballon D’Or winner and father of Ivana Nedved came under fire for financial fraud. The Italian Football Association (FIGC) also deducted 15 points from the team’s tally, bumping them down to the 10th position.

Nedved used to be the primary choice for the team during his prime. His career stint made him favorable for his post in the club’s board. However, the financial fraud and a deduction of a whopping 15 points will surely have an impact on his name.

Pavel Nedved’s exit and match ban

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Nedved received a heartfelt note on the Juventus website after his exit, along with Maurizio Arrivabene. The entire Juventus board, including Nedved and Andrea Agnelli, resigned after charges of false accounting arose.

Soccer Football – Europa League – Knockout Round Play-Off Draw – Nyon, Switzerland – November 7, 2022 Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved before the draw REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

The club also received a 15 point deduction which threw them out of the champions league qualifying place. The team was bumped down from the 3rd position to the 10th position. This drastic reduction puts their chances at a Champions League run for the next season in serious doubt.

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FIGC has handed the former Juventus board member an 8 month ban from attending matches. The director of the English Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, Fabio Paratici, was allegedly involved in the scandal and was also given a ban of 30 months.

Sebastian Korda putting on great performances

Unbothered by the scandals on the other side of the world, Sebastian Korda has reached his first quarterfinal in the ongoing Australian Open. Korda overcame world number 10 Hubert Hurkacz on 22nd January. After a five setter and a dramatic final set, Korda reached the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career.

After the match, Korda thanked the crowd for their support for keeping him going. In the post match conference, Korda said “Awesome. I couldn’t have done it without you guys. You guys pushed me through. I wasn’t feeling too much energy towards the fourth and the fifth, but you guys really picked me up and without you guys I don’t think it would have been possible today, so thank you!”

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Mar 27, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Sebastian Korda of the United States serves against Fabio Fognini of Italy (not pictured) in the second round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since Andy Roddick in 2010, Korda is just the third American player to reach this stage. Tennys Sandgren and Frances Tiafoe were the two before him.

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The American national has been a great delight to his fans. He faces off against Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals and would surely be looking to continue his run this year.

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Ripunjay Gaba

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Ripunjay is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his bachelor’s in Economics at Ambedkar University, New Delhi and worked as a freelance writer for a renowned sports publication, covering various social media personalities. Ripunjay is a diehard Roger Federer fan, whose dominance on the ATP Tour made him fall in love with tennis.

Edited By: Tony Thomas

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