Tennis is a great sport that resides in fans’ hearts and within the families of prominent players. That’s why former French Open champion Andrés Gómez raised all his five children to play college tennis in the United States, including Emilio, who made history by breaking through in Paris this year. Similar to that, Sebastian Korda, Petr Korda’s son, also persevered to win a spot among the greats and play at this year’s Roland Garros.
French Open 2020: A Place of History
Although Emilio Gómez got really close to following in his father’s footsteps with his Grand Slam tournament debut, he eventually lost to Lorenzo Sonego of Italy in an epic four-hour match. The Italian prevailed 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3. But that’s beside the point, as the real achievement is that Emilio, aged 28, didn’t give up his dream of playing on the French Open courts. He was really close to giving up professional tennis in 2018 after a series of disappointing matches, but he persevered and won his breakthrough in Paris. Exactly 30 years after his dad won Roland Garros in 1990 after defeating tennis legend Andre Agassi, Emilio played in the main draw.
The Kordas at Roland Garros
Petr Korda is mostly known for his 1998 title in the Australian Open and his 1992 French Open final, which he sadly lost to Jim Courier. Petr was also the long-time coach of another Czech tennis player, Radek Stepanek. After his son, Sebastian attended the US Open ‘09, he was hooked. He saw Stepanek’s match against Djokovic, and it was then he decided to pursue tennis instead of ice hockey.
Nearly three decades after his dad played the famous Parisian courts, Sebastian is about to make history after beating John Isner in the second round and continuing his winning spree to the third one.