But back home in Bradenton, Florida, Korda was up early in the morning to catch his tennis-playing son, Sebastian, who is making the cut on the red — mostly heavy these days — clay at Roland-Garros.
Sebastian meets his idol, Rafael Nadal, on Sunday and even has a cat named after the 19-time Grand Slam winner. Bang on cue during our interview, the feline was making its presence known in the background.
“As you can hear, my Rafa is screaming here,” the Czech lefty, also the 1992 Roland-Garros finalist, told rolandgarros.com.
He then asked wife Regina Kordova, a former pro herself who upset then world No.9 Manuela Maleeva on the way to reaching the third round in Paris in 1991, how old Rafa the cat was.
“10 years old,” he said.
Exactly half the age of Sebastian, who represents the US and has qualified for the main draw ranked 213th, collecting his first ever Grand Slam victories.
The entire family has been taking in his matches from different parts of the US and for dad, it has been an anxious time.
“Nerve-wracking,” was how Korda put it. “It’s much easier to be present than watching on TV or following the scores. It’s tough but I don’t hide that. But that’s the beauty of it.”