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Sebastian Korda gets robbed in middle of day in Monte Carlo; €300k item stolen

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Sebastian Korda went through a traumatic experience before the start of this year’s Monte Carlo Masters as the American tennis star reportedly had a watch worth €300k stolen from him by robbers in the middle of the day. 

Korda, 23, arrived in Monte Carlo last week to kick off his clay season in the Principality. While waiting for the tournament to start, the 23-year-old was reportedly near the courts when he was approached by two individuals, who were wearing helmets and snatched a luxury watch from his wrist. 

After stealing Korda’s watch, two robbers hopped on a scooter and fled the scene as quickly as possible. The police were called to the scene and they are still searching for the two robbers. 

According to France Bleu Azur, Korda “was not injured but he was shocked” over the incident. 

Sebastian Korda

Sebastian Korda © Getty Images Sport – Julian Finney

 

Korda, ranked at No. 23 in the world, has a sponsorship deal with prestigious watchmaker Richard Millie. While Korda will certainly get the same model from the Swiss watchmaker company, being robbed in the middle of the day while preparing for a big tournament certainly wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences. 

 

 

 

 

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Before Korda, something very similar happened to Grigor Dimitrov

Last April, world No. 9 Dimitrov came to Barcelona for their ATP 500 tournament and experienced a pretty scary situation while driving a car. 

As Dimitrov was returning from a practice session and driving to his hotel, he was met by a thief who was riding a motorbike. The thief acted quickly as he got close to Dimitrov’s car and pushed the Bulgarian’s wing mirror. When Dimitrov attempted to get his wing mirror open again, he had a luxurious Rolex watch snatched from his wrist.

Dimitrov had his watch stolen but didn’t sustain any bodily injuries and he was able to compete at the Barcelona Open. After the media picked picked up the story, 32-year-old Dimitrov issued a short statement. 

“Thank you everyone for the kind messages the last couple days. Most important thing is I wasn’t harmed and I am ready to compete in Barcelona this week,” Dimitrov wrote on his Instagram after the news of his watch being stolen spread. 

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov © Getty Images Sport – Paul Kane

 

How Korda did in Monte Carlo after being robbed? 

On Tuesday, Korda kicked off his campaign in the Principality with a dominant 6-1 6-2 win over 2022 Monte Carlo finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Early in the first set, Korda claimed the first break in the second game and then saved two consecutive break points in the third game for a 3-0 lead. After missing out on two consecutive break points, Davidovich Fokina lost his serve again as Korda opened a 4-0 lead and then a 5-0 lead after serving out the following game. 

In the sixth game, Davidovich Fokina saved a set point to avoid a bagel and get on the board. Serving for the first set, Korda saved a break point before realizing his third set point.

At the start of the second set, Davidovich Fokina served out the opening game before Korda earned back-to-back breaks and won four games in a row for a 4-1 lead. Davidovich Fokina managed to get one break back in the sixth game but Korda broke the Spaniard again in the seventh game before serving out for the match in the following game.

Sebastian Korda

Sebastian Korda © Getty Images Sport – Julian Finney

 

After demolishing Davidovich Fokina, Korda stumbled upon reigning Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner, who didn’t give him any chance and easily beat him 6-1 6-2.

Against Sinner, Korda lost his serve in the opening game – had a great chance to get the break back instantly in the second game – but missed out on three break points. Sinner then went on to easily win the first set after breaking Korda again in the fifth and seventh games.

Early in the second set, Korda saved four break points in the second game to level it to a game apiece. But Sinner wasn’t fazed as he still went on to claim a pretty convincing straight-set win after breaking Korda in the fourth and eighth games.

After the match, Sinner insisted playing Korda was tougher than the scoreline was suggesting. 

“Yeah, I’m very happy to be back on court. I think me and Sebi, we have two game styles which are very similar in one way, and also, we have quite flat shots,” Sinner said after beating Korda in Monte Carlo.

“Today was very important trying to move the ball around. Was not necessary to play with the heights of the ball but more about the movement. So I consider this as a very good win, because it was a tough match. You know, you see the scoreline, but, you know, the match is a little bit different.

“I’m just happy, and hopefully I can still improve in the next days feeling even more comfortable with this surface and with my movement. Then we’ll see how it goes.”

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