“Dream Come True!!”: Sebastian Korda Attains Remarkable Niche After Missing Australian Open 2021

Published 02/01/2021, 12:11 PM EST


Sebastian Korda has made a scintillating start to the 2021 season. Having turned professional in 2016, Korda has finally achieved the milestone of breaking through the Top-100 ATP rankings. Now ranked No.88 in the world, Korda has proven his mettle at the highest level and has established himself as a formidable force.

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

The 20-year-old reached the exclusive club of Top-100 ranked players after winning his second ATP Challenger Tour title in Quimper, France. Korda defeated Filip Horansky in straight sets in the final and won his first title of the season. The American began the season on a spectacular note by finishing as the runner-up at the Delray Beach Open.

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Sebastian Korda breaks into Top-100 rankings

When Korda decided not to compete for the 2021 Australian Open qualifiers, it came as a shock to many. However, his decision of playing at the Delray Beach Open and Challenger Quimper instead has paid off the right way.

On his memorable day, the official Twitter account of the ATP Tour congratulated Korda on becoming the latest GenNext player to break into the Top-100 rankings. Korda replied to the tweet and described the moment as a dream coming true.

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“Dream come true!! Thank you everyone for the support on this crazy journey. Means the world to me,” tweeted Korda. 

Korda became the youngest player to break into the TOp-100 ATP rankings since Jannik Sinner two years ago. In fact, the quest for greatness runs deep in Korda’s family. His father, Petr Korda, achieved a career-high ranking of No.2 and won the 1998 Australian Open. While Sebastian’s mother, Regina Rajchrtova, ascended to No.26 in the WTA rankings.

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Interestingly, Korda has won the last 14 out of 15 matches he has played. The tennis star’s journey has been a testament to hard work, perseverance, and coping up with the hardships.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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