'He's The Best' - Nelly Korda Reacts To Brother's 'Worst Athlete In The Family' Comment

Speaking at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, Nelly was very praising of her brother, Sebastian

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The Korda family is arguably the most athletic and sporty family on the planet. To begin with, Petr Korda is an Australian Open winner and former World No.2 in Tennis, with his wife, Regina Rajchrtová, also a former tennis player who represented her country at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Together, they have three children, Jessica (opens in new tab), Nelly and Sebastian, with all three excelling in their sports. For golf fans, you won't need an introduction to Jessica and Nelly, with both LPGA Tour winners and ranking regularly in the World's top-10, while Sebastian has followed in his mum and dad's footsteps and is enjoying a hugely successful career in tennis.

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Currently competing in the Australian Open, the event where his dad won in 1998, Sebastian had just defeated Daniil Medvedev when he was interviewed by the on-court reporter. Explaining his history with the tournament, the 22-year-old said: "Even better though, my sister has won the Australian Open in women's golf! Both of them have won at Royal Melbourne and the other in Adelaide."

After finishing his sentence, the reporter couldn't help but throw in a jibe at Sebastian, stating "so that means you've been underachieving for a little while right?" Laughing it off, the American responds "I don't know where I'm going to be ranked but my mum's career high was 24, my dad's was two, Nelly was number one (opens in new tab) and Jessica was six, so I'm definitely the worst athlete in the family so far." 

One of those spectators who saw the victory was indeed Seb's sister, Nelly, with the American also seeing that interview! Speaking at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions (opens in new tab), she stated: "Yeah, I saw him -- actually, I saw him win in dining, so that was cool. I did actually wake up 30 minutes before my alarm to watch him play just naturally knowing that he was playing.

"Honestly, he's put in a bunch of work. He has an amazing support system behind him, and it's really cool and special to see him do what he's doing. Hopefully he can continue making this run. But from an outside point of view, it's really special seeing him achieve all this, and I couldn't be happier for him."

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However, her view on the "I'm definitely the worst athlete in the family so far" line was slightly different, with Nelly humorously commenting "it's complete BS. He's the best. Honestly, he's the best. His hand-eye coordination is unbelievable."

She went on to add: "His swing -- I'm jealous of his swing actually. It's crazy. He's a lefty. He's a natural righty, but he plays golf lefty. He played hockey lefty. I mean, he grew up playing hockey. He was pretty good at it, too. Like he skates really nicely, plays golf nicely, plays tennis beautifully. He's full of s**t. Excuse my French."

You certainly can't beat a bit of family competitiveness...

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x