Sebastian Korda has announced that he is joining his idol Rafael Nadal in the Nike family. Korda, 22, took to Instagram where she made the announcement and also reflected on her season. Korda, ranked 34th in the world, hasn’t won any titles this year, but last month he finished second in Gijon and Antwerp.
Now that Korda is part of the Nike family, he’s determined to do great things. “Incredibly excited and grateful to officially join the @nike family! I can’t wait to create great memories representing this amazing brand.
My 2022 season is over. A long year with many lessons learned. Thank you all for your support throughout the year, I can’t wait to get started again. Let’s make it special. I’m ready,” Korda wrote on Instagram.
Korda almost became the first player to beat Nadal in 2022
In March, Korda faced Nadal in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters.
Nadal, who was undefeated for the year at the time, escaped with a 6-2 1-6 7-6 (3) win. After easily winning the second set, Korda was down two breaks in the third set and had a 5-2 lead. Then, Korda suffered a stunning meltdown when Nadal won via a tie-break in the third set.
After the match, Nadal was honest and admitted he didn’t know how he got away with a win. “I don’t know how I won the match. I was very lucky, as I probably played one of my worst matches of the year.
Sebastian played well, he was very aggressive and it was not easy to control his balls. I didn’t serve well, and he pressured me in return. My forehand didn’t do any damage, but I still managed to win. I feel sorry for Sebastian as he probably deserved the win more than I did.
I’m happy to pass and I’ll try to raise my level next time. Sebastian started making mistakes when serving for the match, and I also passed him twice. I can’t say much, I’m super happy to pass, but I have to play better,” Nadal said after escaping a loss to Korda.