In the midst of the climax of the Australian Open this week, the 'Korda' name has resurfaced. However, instead of references to Petr Korda's dominating, straight-sets victory in the 1998 Australian Open over Marcello Rios, a younger Korda has grabbed the spotlight...and she doesn't even play tennis.
IMG Academy golf program alum Jessica Korda, daughter of the former tennis star (who is himself an IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program alum), was in Sydney this week for the New South Wales Women's Open, not far from Melbourne Park's centre court where she watched her dad win the title years ago. She remembers it well and enjoys watching tennis, having taken time out to watch the Australian Open while she is 'down under'.
"I like watching tennis, I just never fell in love playing it,â Korda said in an interview with Peter Stone for the Sunday Morning Herald in Sydney. "I just prefer just being in nature, I like being outside."
While she knows a lot about tennis, spending time talking to Stone about Maria Sharapova and Ivan Lendl (both with their own ties to IMG Academy), she is looking to match and surpass her dad's achievements by excelling on the golf course.
She was enrolled at the IMG Academy golf program at the age of seven and hasn't looked back.
Her golf career is off to a great start as she finished 19th at the 2008 Women's US Open as a 15 year old and played full-time on the LPGA Tour in 2011. Despite limited success on tour last year Korda has retained playing rights for the 2012 season and is really looking forward to making a splash.
For the full Sunday Morning Herald article by Peter Stone, visit here.