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Nelly Korda is one of the rising names on the LPGA circuit. The credit for that goes to her outstanding performances after she became a professional in 2016. She began her professional career with Symetra Tour. There she showcased her stellar gameplay and landed the season’s 9th place on the money list, which paved her way to the LPGA Tour in 2017. Since then, she’s been performing as an LPGA Tour pro. She has a total of eight LPGA Tour wins in her bag and had her maiden major victory at the 2021 Women’s PGA Championship. Besides, the LPGA cover girl also secured the gold medal at the women’s individual golf event in the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Japan. 

In terms of her current season’s performance, she had seven top-ten finishes this year. The list also includes two majors, the Chevron Championship and the Amundi Evian Championship, where she stood at T3 and T9, respectively. Due to her excellent putting throughout the season, the world’s No. 3 golfer managed to seal her seat on the Solheim Cup USA Team, along with her best buddy Megan Khang and other compatriots like Allisen Corpuz and Danielle Kang. Looking back, she made her first Solheim Cup debut in 2013 and played the 2019 and 2021 Solheim Cups for Team USA with her sister, Jessica Korda. But this year, Jessica won’t be Nelly’s playmate on the Spanish greens. Amidst all highs and lows, there has been a significant other who has constantly supported the 25-year-old. Let’s find out about Nelly’s beloved!

Meet Nelly Korda’s inamorato for life


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Nelly Korda’s life is mostly like an open book. We already know about her parents, Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtova, who are former professional tennis players. While Korda’s father was a grand slam winner, her mother, Regina, was an international tennis player. Besides, Jessica Korda, her elder sister, is also into golf. Thus, the love for sports runs through her family, and Regina’s contribution to shaping her daughters’ lives has been remarkable. Now, what if the junior Korda keeps the family legacy and chooses a sports person as her boyfriend as well?

Yes, the LPGA phenom is with a person who understands her profession. Her boyfriend, Andreas Athanasiou, is a Canada-based Ice-hockey player in the National Hockey League. He previously played for the Detroit Red Wings (an NHL team). In the season 2019-20, Andreas had a record of 10 goals and 14 assists in 46 games with his former team, the Detroit Red Wings. Currently, he plays for his fourth NHL team, the Chicago Blackhawks, after signing a one-year contract with them in 2022. Earlier this year, this contract was extended for two more years. 

Now, coming to their personal lives, Nelly is four years younger than her boyfriend. Also, the couple are of different ethnicities. Athanasiou carries the lineage of both Greek and Guyanese descent. Meanwhile, Nelly’s father is based in the Czech Republic, so she probably carries a European bloodline as well.

The couple share an immense admiration for one another. They started dating in 2019 and made their relationship public on social media right after. Though Andreas is a private person, he keeps posting appreciation posts for his ladylove. 


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Andreas made a post for Nelly Korda in 2021 over Instagram, after she had her first maiden major win at the Highlands Course. In the caption, he wrote, “Great couple weeks!” Also, Nelly made a post with her boyfriend back on Christmas Day 2019, where both can be seen happy and chuckling. Other than on virtual platforms, the couple also seems to support each other in their matches. Like Athanasiou, he witnessed Nelly’s fifth win at the Meijer LPGA Classic. 

Nelly Korda’s sweet gesture after boyfriend’s $3 million deal


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Andreas Athanasiou has changed his NHL teams four times so far. Currently, he plays for the Chicago Blackhawks. Anthanasiou sealed the $3 million deal with the Chicago Blackhawks in July 2022.

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 Now, in order to support his big decision, Nelly was spotted wearing a red Blackhawks sweater in one of her games, in August 2022. The post was shared by the official page of LPGA with the caption, “@NellyKorda representing the @NHLBlackhawks on the 17th hole at the @cpwomensopen.” Thus, Nelly’s cute gesture showcases her unflinching love for her boyfriend.


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Written by:

Suchita Chakraborty


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Suchita is a golf writer for EssentiallySports who was chosen in the recent ‘ES Draft’ round for her in-depth coverage and knowledge of the sport. Even as a budding writer, she has captivated readers through her ability to bring the sport to life through her articles, especially when it comes to golf's latest hot topic, the merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. Suchita draws her inspiration from one of the legends in women’s golf, Annika Sorrenstam.
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Rohan Karnad