At the midway mark of this strange version of Roland Garros, new names are being thrust in the front of tennis enthusiasts as they watch on their monitors across the world. Hugo Gaston, Iga Swiatek, Martina Trevisan, Leylah Fernandez and Norda Podonska have all presented promise for the future. And, in a specific way, so has Sebastian Korda.

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By Richard Evans:

“I say particular because if the 20-year-old Korda gets anywhere near to fulfilling his obvious potential, the American with Czech heritage will have the chance of achieving something no other male tennis player has managed in the entire history of the sport: emulating the achievements of a Grand Slam-winning father.

It is far, far too early to suggest young Sebastian can win a major singles title, as father, Petr, did at the 1998 Australian Open, but no one who has observed his progress through qualifying and into the fourth round in Paris would bet too heavily against him reaching the Top 10. That, in itself, would be a stunning achievement, because history has shown, time and again, that having a champion for a parent presents a huge barrier—in tennis as well, I suspect, in that other great individual sport, golf.”

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