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Petr Korda

Petr Korda
Country Czechoslovakia (1987–1993)
Czech Republic
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco & Bradenton, FL
Born (1968-01-23) 23 January 1968 (age 48)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
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Turned pro 1987
Retired July 1999[1]
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $10,448,900
Singles
Career record 410–248
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 2 (2 February 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1998)
French Open F (1992)
Wimbledon QF (1998)
US Open QF (1995, 1997)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1992)
Doubles
Career record 234–160
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 10 (11 June 1990)
Last updated on: 9 October 2012.

Petr Korda (born 23 January 1968) is a Czech former professional tennis player. As of 2014, Korda remains the last man from the Czech Republic to have won a Grand Slam singles title, at the Australian Open in 1998.[2] He tested positive for steroids several months after winning the Australian Open, was subsequently banned, and retired shortly thereafter.[3]

Career

Juniors

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.

Junior Slam results:

Australian Open: -
French Open: 3R (1986)
Wimbledon: QF (1986)
US Open: QF (1986)

Pro tour

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 also was known for the "Scissors Kick" which he would do at midcourt after winning matches.

Personal life

Korda married Regina Rajchrtová, a former professional tennis player from Czechoslovakia. They have three children, the oldest of whom, Jessica, was 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, who was 14 years old at the time and the youngest player in the tournament.[4]

Suspension and retirement

Following his quarter final match against Tim Henman at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships, Korda tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone.[5] 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).[1][6] 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).

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1992 French Open Clay 23x15px Jim Courier 5–7, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 1998 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Marcelo Ríos 6–2, 6–2, 6–2

Men's doubles: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1990 French Open Clay 23x15px Goran Ivanišević 23x15px Sergio Casal
23x15px Emilio Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 3–6
Winner 1996 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Stefan Edberg 23x15px Sébastien Lareau
23x15px Alex O'Brien
7–5, 7–5, 4–6, 6–1

Career finals

Singles: 27 finals (10 titles, 17 runner-ups)

Wins (10)

Legend
Grand Slam (1–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
Grand Slam Cup (1–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–2)
ATP Championship Series (2–5)
ATP World Series (5–9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (7–8)
Grass (4–2)
Clay (0–2)
Carpet (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 30 October 1989 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet 23x15px Kevin Curren 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 6 May 1991 Tampa, USA Clay 23x15px Richey Reneberg 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 22 July 1991 Washington, D.C., USA Hard 23x15px Andre Agassi 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 29 July 1991 Montreal, Canada Hard 23x15px Andrei Chesnokov 6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 19 August 1991 New Haven, USA Hard 23x15px Goran Ivanišević 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. 14 October 1991 Berlin, Germany Carpet 23x15px Arnaud Boetsch 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 4 May 1992 Munich, Germany Clay 23x15px Magnus Larsson 4–6, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 8 June 1992 French Open, Paris, France Clay 23x15px Jim Courier 5–7, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 20 July 1992 Washington, D.C., USA Hard 23x15px Henrik Holm 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 31 August 1992 Long Island, USA Hard 23x15px Ivan Lendl 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 5 October 1992 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) 23x15px Boris Becker 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 12 October 1992 Toulouse, France Hard (i) 23x15px Guy Forget 3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 26 October 1992 Vienna, Austria Carpet 23x15px Gianluca Pozzi 6–3, 6–2, 5–7, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 23 August 1993 New Haven, USA Hard 23x15px Andrei Medvedev 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 11 October 1993 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) 23x15px Jaime Yzaga 4–6, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–7(7–9)
Winner 6. 13 December 1993 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet 23x15px Michael Stich 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 11–9
Runner-up 11. 14 February 1994 Milan, Italy Carpet 23x15px Boris Becker 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 7 March 1994 Indian Wells, USA Hard 23x15px Pete Sampras 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 2 May 1994 Munich, Germany Clay 23x15px Michael Stich 2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Winner 7. 8 January 1996 Doha, Qatar Hard 23x15px Younes El Aynaoui 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 14. 22 July 1996 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet 23x15px David Prinosil 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 15. 16 June 1997 Halle, Germany Grass 23x15px Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 16. 21 July 1997 Washington, D.C., USA Hard 23x15px Michael Chang 7–5, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 8. 27 October 1997 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet 23x15px Richard Krajicek 7–6(8–6), 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 10 November 1997 Moscow, Russia Carpet 23x15px Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Winner 9. 12 January 1998 Doha, Qatar Hard 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 6–0, 6–3
Winner 10. 2 February 1998 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 23x15px Marcelo Ríos 6–2, 6–2, 6–2

Doubles: 24 finals (10 titles, 14 runner-ups)

Wins (10)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1988 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 23x15px Milan Šrejber 23x15px Andrés Gómez
23x15px Emilio Sánchez
7–6, 7–6
2. 1988 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay 23x15px Jaroslav Navrátil 23x15px Thomas Muster
23x15px Horst Skoff
7–5, 7–6
3. 1989 Stuttgart, Germany Clay 23x15px Tomáš Šmíd 23x15px Florin Segărceanu
23x15px Cyril Suk
6–7, 6–3, 6–1
4. 1990 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 23x15px Tomáš Šmíd 23x15px Andrés Gómez
23x15px Javier Sánchez
6–2, 6–1
5. 1991 New Haven, USA Hard 23x15px Wally Masur 23x15px Jeff Brown
23x15px Scott Melville
W/O
6. 1991 Berlin, Germany Carpet 23x15px Karel Nováček 23x15px Jan Siemerink
23x15px Daniel Vacek
3–6, 7–5, 7–5
7. 1993 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 23x15px Stefan Edberg 23x15px Paul Haarhuis
23x15px Mark Koevermans
6–2, 2–6, 7–5
8. 1993 Halle, Germany Grass 23x15px Cyril Suk 23x15px Mike Bauer
23x15px Marc-Kevin Goellner
7–6, 5–7, 6–3
9. 1993 Cincinnati, USA Hard 23x15px Andre Agassi 23x15px Stefan Edberg
23x15px Henrik Holm
6–4, 7–6
10. 1996 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 23x15px Stefan Edberg 23x15px Sébastien Lareau
23x15px Alex O'Brien
7–5, 7–5, 4–6, 6–1

Runners-up (14)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1987 Palermo, Italy Clay 23x15px Tomáš Šmíd 23x15px Leonardo Lavalle
23x15px Claudio Panatta
6–3, 4–6, 4–6
2. 1989 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 23x15px Milan Šrejber 23x15px Cassio Motta
23x15px Todd Witsken
4–6, 3–6
3. 1989 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 23x15px Tomáš Šmíd 23x15px Emilio Sánchez
23x15px Javier Sánchez
5–7, 6–7
4. 1989 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay 23x15px Gene Mayer 23x15px Jordi Arrese
23x15px Horst Skoff
4–6, 4–6
5. 1990 Munich, Germany Clay 23x15px Tomáš Šmíd 23x15px Udo Riglewski
23x15px Michael Stich
1–6, 4–6
6. 1990 French Open, Paris, France Clay 23x15px Goran Ivanišević 23x15px Sergio Casal
23x15px Emilio Sánchez
5–7, 3–6
7. 1990 New Haven, USA Hard 23x15px Goran Ivanišević 23x15px Jeff Brown
23x15px Scott Melville
6–2, 5–7, 0–6
8. 1991 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) 23x15px John McEnroe 23x16px Jakob Hlasek
23x15px Patrick McEnroe
6–3, 6–7, 6–7
9. 1992 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 23x15px Karel Nováček 23x15px Boris Becker
23x15px Michael Stich
4–6, 4–6
10. 1992 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 23x15px Cyril Suk 23x15px Hendrik Jan Davids
23x15px Libor Pimek
W/O
11. 1994 Munich, Germany Clay 23x15px Boris Becker 23x15px Yevgeny Kafelnikov
23x15px David Rikl
6–7, 5–7
12. 1995 Milan, Italy Carpet 23x15px Karel Nováček 23x15px Boris Becker
23x15px Guy Forget
2–6, 4–6
13. 1995 Washington, D.C., USA Hard 23x15px Cyril Suk 23x15px Olivier Delaître
23x15px Jeff Tarango
6–1, 3–6, 2–6
14. 1996 Indianapolis, USA Hard 23x15px Cyril Suk 23x15px Jim Grabb
23x15px Richey Reneberg
6–7, 6–4, 4–6

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A NH A A A 2R 2R 1R QF 1R 3R 1R 1R W 3R A 1 / 10 17–9
French Open A A A 2R A 2R 2R F 2R 1R 1R 3R 4R 1R 2R A 0 / 11 15–11
Wimbledon A A A 3R A 1R 1R 2R 4R 2R 4R A 4R QF Q2 A 0 / 9 17–9
US Open A A A 1R A 2R 1R 1R 1R A QF 3R QF 1R A A 0 / 9 11–9
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–0 3–4 2–4 7–4 8–4 1–3 9–4 4–3 9–4 11–3 3–2 0–0 1 / 39 60–38
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
A 1R 3R QF F 2R 1R A QF 1R A 0 / 8 11–8
Miami 2R 2R 3R SF QF 2R 4R 2R 4R 1R A 0 / 10 14–10
Monte Carlo 2R A 2R 3R 2R 1R 3R A QF A A 0 / 7 7–7
Rome 1R A SF A A 1R 2R A 1R A A 0 / 5 5–5
Hamburg 1R A 2R A 3R 2R A A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
Canada 2R F QF SF 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R A A 0 / 9 13–9
Cincinnati 1R 2R QF 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R QF A A 0 / 9 9–9
Madrid (Stuttgart) 3R QF QF QF 1R A A W 2R A A 1 / 7 13–6
Paris 1R QF 2R 3R QF A SF 3R 2R A A 0 / 8 11–8
Win–Loss N/A 3–8 11–6 12–9 13–7 14–8 4–7 13–7 7–4 8–8 0–2 0–0 1 / 67 85–66
Ranking 794 511 87 188 59 38 9 7 12 18 41 24 13 13 DQ 1332

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open NH A A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R SF W 2R A A A A 1 / 8 15–7
French Open A 1R 2R 2R F 2R QF SF A 1R 3R 3R A A A A 0 / 10 19–10
Wimbledon A A 1R A 2R 2R 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
US Open A A A 3R 2R 3R 1R A A 3R 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 7 7–7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–2 8–4 4–4 4–4 4–2 2–1 6–3 8–2 3–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1 / 29 43–28
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Not MS1

Before 1990
1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A A A 0 / 6 0–6
Miami 2R A QF QF A QF 3R 1R A A A A 0 / 6 12–5
Monte Carlo W A F W 1R 1R 1R A QF A A A 2 / 7 16–4
Rome 1R A 2R A A 2R 2R A A A A A 0 / 4 3–4
Hamburg 2R A 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
Canada 1R 2R A A 1R 1R 2R A A A A A 0 / 5 2–5
Cincinnati 2R 1R 1R W 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A A A 1 / 9 8–7
Madrid (Stuttgart) QF A A A A A 2R A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
Paris 1R A A 2R A A QF A A A A A 0 / 3 3–3
Win–Loss N/A 9–8 1–3 9–6 14–3 1–4 4–5 7–7 0–2 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3 / 44 48–38
Ranking 296 91 46 26 15 63 64 32 115 44 23 220 321 DQ 1009 1536

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ATP Champions Tour
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