Sebastian Korda skilled for the 2021 season buying and selling photographs with a pair of Corridor of Fame hitting companions—Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf—in Las Vegas final December.
Agassi has served as a mentor and training guide to Korda, whose teaching group options his father, former Australian Open champion Petr Korda, Petr Korda, Dean Goldfine and Theodor Devoty.
Former world No. 1 Agassi shares his expertise and recommendation and generally scouts opponents for Korda.
The 21-year-old American revealed Agassi regularly emphasizes an necessary—and generally forgotten—facet of competing on the professional circuit: embrace and benefit from the expertise.
“[Andre] all the time tells me each time I play like an enormous match or one thing to all the time get pleasure from it, and each time I am enjoying a event for the primary time to essentially get pleasure from it,” Korda advised the media in Cincinnati. “I feel I’ve executed a extremely good job of that. I’ve a number of nice folks round me, so I am all the time having enjoyable, whether or not or not it’s with my physio or my coach or my dad is with me right here this week, or my girlfriend.”
To that finish, Korda strives to interrupt the cycle of monotony that may come from the hotel-practice court-match play path gamers usually observe.
“I feel I am doing a reasonably good job with simply having fun with mainly, not being too, like, locked down in my room and simply trying on the wall or watching TV,” Korda stated. “Yeah, I feel that is most likely the perfect factor for me. Additionally, all these tournaments are my first time, so it is all the time thrilling to return to them.
“I do know Naomi [Osaka], she’s received a number of these tournaments and she or he’s been to a number of these tournaments, so if you do do one thing for a very long time, possibly it does begin to put on on you, however all the time for me there’s a number of pleasure, so I can not say that I’ve had any issues latest.”
The Forty fifth-ranked American meets Laslo Djere in his Cincinnati opener with the winner taking over second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“I really like enjoying in America. I imply, the courts actually swimsuit me right here,” Korda stated. “They’re fairly fast, so I feel it is good for me. I’ve needed to pull out of Toronto as a result of I had slightly again difficulty, however I feel we figured all that out and the whole lot is nice to go.”
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