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In fact, all three of the Korda kids—or “KORDAshians,” as they have jokingly called themselves on social media—appear to be jackpot material in both the genetics and congeniality departments, dropping everything to watch a sibling on TV or send a text of congratulations to each other.
Korda’s sisters have used the words “goofy” and “silly” to describe him, but he contends he has a serious, thoughtful side as well.
“I just have a lot of love to give,” Korda says with a bashful smile. “Anyone I meet I always try to be super nice to them. It doesn’t matter who you are. I always try to treat you respectfully. That’s just how I was brought up.”
While his father was on the road caddying for eldest daughter Jessica, Korda’s mother became largely responsible for constructing her son’s smooth and simple strokes—with a little outside inspiration.
“I loved [Marat] Safin growing up,” Korda says of the former No. 1. “He was as cool as it got on the court. I think I modeled my backhand after his.”
The right-handed Korda personifies the term “easy power.” Tennis balls explode off his strings like cannons, despite the fact that he seems to be using remarkably little force. Even his footwork lacks the laboring visual common with taller players; his mother insisted his footwork on court be as silent as possible.
But Korda considers his mental game his greatest strength—though that’s not to say it came naturally.
“As a kid, I would always be complaining, whining or crying,” he says, laughing. “My mom wasn’t having it. And there were times where my dad would kick me off the court if I had a bad attitude. I learned a lot of lessons during practice sessions.”
Patience was one of them.
“Oh, I wanted to be No. 1 in the world right away,” he says. “I was always committed to going pro. You can’t have two plans, because you’re going to be 80% in Plan A and 20% in Plan B. You have to be 100% committed.”