MIAMI – Nelly Korda keeps asking her parents if she can book their flight to watch her and her sister play in the LPGA’s first major of the year this week.
She wants them there. She’s equally thrilled that they’re not there yet. And if they don’t get there at all, that might be even better.
Let’s explain: The Korda sisters — Jessica and Nelly — have made a name for themselves in golf already, and now their younger brother Sebastian is now having his breakout week in the tennis world. It’ll make for a very busy Thursday for the family: Jessica and Nelly have the opening round of the ANA Inspiration in California, while Sebastian has the biggest match of his young career in the Miami Open quarterfinals.
The unexpectedly jammed schedule created a Korda conundrum: What are the parents to do?
“Probably they’re going to change their schedule a little bit and hopefully stay with me,” Sebastian Korda said.
Sounds like he’s getting his wish. For now, the plan is for Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová -- both were pro tennis players, Petr once reaching No. 2 in the world and winning the Australian Open, Regina a top-30 player who represented Czechoslovakia at the 1988 Seoul Olympics -- to stay in Miami, and keep an eye on their daughters from afar.
The sisters understand. “He’s having a really good run,” Nelly Korda said.
Jessica Korda is 28 and ranked No. 18 in the world; Nelly Korda, 22, is ranked No. 4 in the world. Sebastian Korda is the little brother, at least in terms of age — he’s 20, but at 6-foot-5, he’s certainly not little.