General Petr
Korda
Male
Czechoslovakia
1968-01-23
Praha, Czechoslovakia


About

Korda remains the last man from the Czech Republic to have won a Grand Slam singles title, at the Australian Open in 1998.

He first came to the tennis world's attention as a promising junior player. In 1985, he partnered with fellow Czech Cyril Suk to win the boy's doubles title at the French Open. Korda and Suk ranked the joint-World No. 1 junior doubles players that year. He was alsothe Czech 18s Junior champion in 1984 at age 16.

Former ballboy for Ivan Lendl during Davis Cup. As a member of the Davis Cup team (29-13 overall record, 18-9 in singles).

Korda turned professional in 1987. He won his first career doubles title in 1988, and his first top-level singles title in 1991. Korda was involved in four Grand Slam finals during his career – two in singles and two in doubles.

In 1990 Korda and Goran Ivanišević finished runners-up in the men's doubles at the French Open. In 1992 he rose to the men's singles final at the French Open, where he was defeated in straight sets by defending champion Jim Courier 7–5, 6–2, 6–1. In 1996 he teamed-up with Stefan Edberg to win the men's doubles title at the Australian Open.

The crowning moment of Korda's career came in 1998, when he faced Marcelo Ríos in the men's singles final at the Australian Open. Korda dominated the match from start to finish by winning in straight sets 6–2, 6–2, 6–2 and claimed his first (and only) Grand Slam singles title. The win propelled him to his career-high singles ranking of World No. 2. At four tournaments in 1998, Korda had the World No. 1 ranking in his sights, but he lost to Karol Kučera in Antwerp, Marcelo Ríos at Indian Wells, Tim Henman in Miami and Richard Krajicek in Monte Carlo. Korda's career-high doubles ranking was World No. 10.

Other highlights of Korda's career include winning the Grand Slam Cup in 1993, with five set wins in the semi final and final over Pete Sampras and Michael Stich, the number 1 and 2 tennis players in the world at that time. Korda also was a part of the Czech Republic's team which won the Hopman Cup in 1994, and he upset defending champion, Pete Sampras, in five sets in the fourth round of the 1997 US Open.

Korda married Regina Rajchrtová, a former professional tennis player from Czechoslovakia.
They have three children, the oldest of whom, Jessica, (born on 27 February 1993); she is a professional golfer, and finished 19th in the 2008 U.S. Women's Open as a 15-year-old, with Korda as her caddy. At the 2013 U.S. Women's Open, he caddied for another of their daughters, Nelly Ann (born July 28, 1998), who was 14 years old at the time and the youngest player in the tournament.

Following his quarter final match against Tim Henman at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships, Korda tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone.[4] This was publically revealed in December 1998. At the time, Korda was stripped of the ranking points and prize money that he had won at 1998 Wimbledon, but was not banned from the sport. The ITF soon announced that they felt that they had made a mistake in not banning Korda, and would be seeking to appeal against its own decision not to ban Korda from tennis competition.
London's High Court ruled in late January 1999 that the ITF could not appeal against their own initial decision, but Korda was later banned from tennis for 12 months from September 1999 and stripped of the prize money and ranking points that he had won since July 1998 (although the suspension meant little as Korda had retired after failing to qualify for 1999 Wimbledon, losing to Danny Sapsford in a qualifying match). He did, however, compete in the Prague Challenger in December 2000 and the Prostejov Challenger in both 2001 and 2005 (the former in singles and doubles, the latter two only in doubles).

Petr is a big hockey fan and follows the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. He sent gold medal-winning Czech hockey team (including friend Dominik Hasek) his tennis racquets to commemorate the sensational achievement. At that time was also fan of NBA's Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan.



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Archive statistics 1963 - 1998
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70
42


Tournament wins 1998 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
1993 - Grand slam cup (Professional)
1963 - Poznań Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments Australian Open - 1998 Wimbledon - 1998 Indian Wells - 1998 Wimbledon - 1997 Roland Garros - 1997 US Open - 1997 Wimbledon - 1995 US Open - 1995 Wimbledon - 1994 Indian Wells - 1994 Australian Open - 1993 Wimbledon - 1993 Roland Garros - 1993 US Open - 1993 Grand slam cup - 1993 Australian Open - 1992 Wimbledon - 1992 Roland Garros - 1992 US Open - 1992 Australian Open - 1991 Wimbledon - 1991 Roland Garros - 1991 US Open - 1991 Australian Open - 1990 Wimbledon - 1990 Roland Garros - 1990 US Open - 1990 Wimbledon - 1988 Roland Garros - 1988 US Open - 1988 Poznań Championships - 1963

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