|Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco & Bradenton, FL|
23 January 1968|
|Height||Script error: No such module "convert".|
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (2 February 1998)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1998)|
|French Open||F (1992)|
|US Open||QF (1995, 1997)|
|Tour Finals||RR (1992)|
|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. He tested positive for steroids several months after winning the Australian Open, was subsequently banned, and retired shortly thereafter.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Suspension and retirement
- 4 Major finals
- 5 Career finals
- 6 Singles performance timeline
- 7 Doubles performance timeline
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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:
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.
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.
Suspension and retirement
Following his quarter final match against Tim Henman at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships, Korda tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone. 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).
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
|Winner||1996||Australian Open||Hard||23x15px Stefan Edberg||23x15px Sébastien Lareau
23x15px Alex O'Brien
|7–5, 7–5, 4–6, 6–1|
Singles: 27 finals (10 titles, 17 runner-ups)
|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)
Singles performance timeline
|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
|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|
Doubles performance timeline
|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
|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|
- "Korda suspended for a year", The Augusta Chronicle, 1 September 1999.
- Wimbledon 2010: Federer Beaten By Berdych | OnCourt Advantage – Tennis: Live it, Learn it, Love it!
- Associated Press (29 June 2013). "Korda fires caddie mid-round". ESPN.com. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "Korda awaits doping case ruling", BBC, 28 January 1999.
- "Korda escapes ban", BBC, 29 January 1999.
- Petr Korda at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Petr Korda at the International Tennis Federation
- Sunday Times article 30 August, 2009
23x15px John McEnroe
|ATP Champions Tour
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23x15px John McEnroe
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