Participation in the Australian Open ennobles every tennis player: only the best in the world make it here. The 22-year-old US tennis pro Sebastian Korda not only succeeded in that, he even reached the quarterfinals of the famous tournament, losing to Karen Khachanov today.
Quite a remarkable achievement, one might think. The tennis newcomer himself sees things differently and is less confident, as he revealed in an interview. In his opinion, he is even the "worst athlete in his family".
It may sound a bit exaggerated, but it has to be added that Korda comes from a real family of athletes: his parents were both tennis professionals, his father even won the Australian Open in 1998. After all, his mother was one of the top 30 tennis players of her time and at the peak of her career she was 26th in the world rankings.
The comparison is not much easier when Sebastian Korda looks at his siblings: His sisters Jessica and Nelly may not have much to do with tennis, but they are both professional golfers. Her performance on the green also stands out: Jessica Korda has won six LPGA events in her career, while Nelly Korda won the 2021 Women's PGA Championship.
So it's no wonder that when asked about his current world rankings, he just waved him off and replied to the journalists: "I don't know, but my mother's best ranking was 26, my father was second, my sister Nelly was number 1, my older sister Jessica was six, so I'm definitely the worst athlete in the family!"