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Petr Korda (born 23 January 1968) is a Czech former professional tennis player. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 2 singles ranking on February 2, 1998 and won the 1998 Australian Open. He tested positive for doping in June 1998 at Wimbledon, was subsequently banned from September 1999 for 12 months, although he retired shortly before the ban.[2]

Petr Korda
Country (sports)Czechoslovakia (1987–1993)
Czech Republic
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco & Bradenton, Florida
Born (1968-01-23) 23 January 1968 (age 51)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1987
RetiredJuly 1999[1]
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$10,448,900
Singles
Career record410–248
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 2 (2 February 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1998)
French OpenF (1992)
WimbledonQF (1998)
US OpenQF (1995, 1997)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1992)
Grand Slam CupW (1993)
Doubles
Career record234–160
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 10 (11 June 1990)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1996)
French OpenF (1990)
Wimbledon2R (1990, 1991)
US Open3R (1989, 1991, 1995)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (1996)
Hopman CupW (1994)
Last updated on: July 1999.

Contents

Tennis careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

He first came to the tennis world's attention as a promising junior player. In 1985, he partnered with fellow Czech Cyril Suk to win the boys' doubles title at the French Open. Korda and Suk ranked the joint-World No. 1 junior doubles players that year.

Junior Slam results:

  • Australian Open: -
  • French Open: 3R (1986)
  • Wimbledon: QF (1986)
  • US Open: QF (1986)

Professional careerEdit

Korda turned professional in 1987. He won his first career doubles title in 1988, and his first top-level singles title in 1991. Korda was involved in four Grand Slam finals during his career – two in singles and two in doubles. Korda also was known for the "Scissors Kick" which he would do at midcourt after winning matches.

In 1990, Korda and Goran Ivanišević finished runners-up in the men's doubles at the French Open, and as a result, Korda reached his career-high doubles ranking of world No. 10. In 1992, he rose to the men's singles final at the French Open beating Christian Bergström, Shuzo Matsuoka, Michiel Schapers, Jaime Oncins, Andrei Cherkasov and Henri Leconte, before he was defeated in straight sets by defending champion Jim Courier 7–5, 6–2, 6–1.

A highlight of Korda's career include winning the Grand Slam Cup in 1993, with five-set wins in the semifinal and final over Pete Sampras and Michael Stich, the number 1 and 2 tennis players in the world at that time. Korda also was a part of the Czech Republic's team which won the Hopman Cup in 1994. In 1996 he teamed-up with Stefan Edberg to win the men's doubles title at the Australian Open. He also upset the defending champion, Pete Sampras, in five sets in the fourth round of the 1997 US Open.

The crowning moment of Korda's career came in 1998, when he defeated Albert Portas, Scott Draper, Vincent Spadea, Cédric Pioline, Jonas Björkman and Karol Kučera to face Marcelo Ríos in the men's singles final at the Australian Open. Korda dominated the match from start to finish by winning in straight sets 6–2, 6–2, 6–2 and claimed his first Grand Slam singles title in just 1 hour and 25 minutes. The win propelled him to his career-high singles ranking of World No. 2. At four tournaments in 1998, Korda had the world No. 1 ranking in his sights, but he lost to Karol Kučera in Antwerp, Marcelo Ríos at Indian Wells, Tim Henman in Miami and Richard Krajicek in Monte Carlo.

Suspension and retirementEdit

Following his quarterfinal match against Tim Henman at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships, Korda tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone.[3] This was publicly revealed in December 1998. At the time, Korda was stripped of the ranking points and prize money that he had won at 1998 Wimbledon, but was not banned from the sport. The ITF soon announced that it felt that it had made a mistake in not banning Korda, and would be seeking to appeal against its own decision not to ban Korda from tennis competition. London's High Court ruled in late January 1999 that the ITF could not appeal against its own initial decision, but Korda was later banned from tennis for 12 months from September 1999 and stripped of the prize money and ranking points that he had won since July 1998 (although the suspension meant little as Korda had retired after failing to qualify for 1999 Wimbledon, losing to Danny Sapsford in a qualifying match).[1][4] He did, however, compete in the Prague Challenger in December 2000 and the Prostějov Challenger in both 2001 and 2005 (the former in singles and doubles, the latter two only in doubles).

Personal lifeEdit

Korda married Regina Rajchrtová, a former professional tennis player from Czechoslovakia. They have three children, the oldest of whom, Jessica, was born on 27 February 1993; she is a professional golfer, and finished 19th in the 2008 U.S. Women's Open as a 15-year-old, with Korda as her caddy. At the 2013 U.S. Women's Open, he caddied for another of their daughters, Nelly, who was 14 years old at the time and the youngest player in the tournament.[5] His 17 year old son, Sebastian, is also a tennis player and is the top-ranked junior in the world while representing the United States.[6][7] Sebastian won the junior boys Australian Open title in 2018.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1992 French Open Clay   Jim Courier 5–7, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 1998 Australian Open Hard   Marcelo Ríos 6–2, 6–2, 6–2

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1990 French Open Clay   Goran Ivanišević   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 3–6
Winner 1996 Australian Open Hard   Stefan Edberg   Sébastien Lareau
  Alex O'Brien
7–5, 7–5, 4–6, 6–1

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 27 (10 titles, 17 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (1–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
Grand Slam Cup (1–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–2)
ATP Championship Series (2–5)
ATP World Series (5–9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (6–8)
Clay (0–4)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (4–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 30 October 1989 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet   Kevin Curren 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 6 May 1991 Tampa, US Clay   Richey Reneberg 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 22 July 1991 Washington, D.C., US Hard   Andre Agassi 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 29 July 1991 Montreal, Canada Hard   Andrei Chesnokov 6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 19 August 1991 New Haven, US Hard   Goran Ivanišević 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. 14 October 1991 Berlin, Germany Carpet   Arnaud Boetsch 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 4 May 1992 Munich, Germany Clay   Magnus Larsson 4–6, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 8 June 1992 French Open, Paris, France Clay   Jim Courier 5–7, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 20 July 1992 Washington, D.C., US Hard   Henrik Holm 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 31 August 1992 Long Island, US Hard   Ivan Lendl 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 5 October 1992 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Boris Becker 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 12 October 1992 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Guy Forget 3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 26 October 1992 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Gianluca Pozzi 6–3, 6–2, 5–7, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 23 August 1993 New Haven, US Hard   Andrei Medvedev 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 11 October 1993 Sydney, Australia Hard (i)   Jaime Yzaga 4–6, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–7(7–9)
Winner 6. 13 December 1993 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet   Michael Stich 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 11–9
Runner-up 11. 14 February 1994 Milan, Italy Carpet   Boris Becker 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 7 March 1994 Indian Wells, US Hard   Pete Sampras 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 2 May 1994 Munich, Germany Clay   Michael Stich 2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Winner 7. 8 January 1996 Doha, Qatar Hard   Younes El Aynaoui 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 14. 22 July 1996 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet   David Prinosil 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 15. 16 June 1997 Halle, Germany Grass   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 16. 21 July 1997 Washington, D.C., US Hard   Michael Chang 7–5, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 8. 27 October 1997 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet   Richard Krajicek 7–6(8–6), 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 10 November 1997 Moscow, Russia Carpet   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Winner 9. 12 January 1998 Doha, Qatar Hard   Fabrice Santoro 6–0, 6–3
Winner 10. 2 February 1998 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard   Marcelo Ríos 6–2, 6–2, 6–2

Doubles: 24 (10 titles, 14 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (1–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
Grand Slam Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (3–1)
ATP Championship Series (1–4)
ATP World Series (5–10)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–4)
Clay (5–9)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1987 Palermo, Italy Clay   Tomáš Šmíd   Leonardo Lavalle
  Claudio Panatta
6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1988 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Milan Šrejber   Andrés Gómez
  Emilio Sánchez
7–6, 7–6
Winner 2. 1988 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay   Jaroslav Navrátil   Thomas Muster
  Horst Skoff
7–5, 7–6
Runner-up 2. 1989 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Milan Šrejber   Cássio Motta
  Todd Witsken
4–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 1989 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Tomáš Šmíd   Florin Segărceanu
  Cyril Suk
6–7, 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 1989 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Tomáš Šmíd   Emilio Sánchez
  Javier Sánchez
5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 1989 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay   Gene Mayer   Jordi Arrese
  Horst Skoff
4–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 1990 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay   Tomáš Šmíd   Andrés Gómez
  Javier Sánchez
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 1990 Munich, Germany Clay   Tomáš Šmíd   Udo Riglewski
  Michael Stich
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1990 French Open, Paris, France Clay   Goran Ivanišević   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 1990 New Haven, US Hard   Goran Ivanišević   Jeff Brown
  Scott Melville
6–2, 5–7, 0–6
Winner 5. 1991 New Haven, US Hard   Wally Masur   Jeff Brown
  Scott Melville
W/O
Winner 6. 1991 Berlin, Germany Carpet   Karel Nováček   Jan Siemerink
  Daniel Vacek
3–6, 7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 8. 1991 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   John McEnroe   Jakob Hlasek
  Patrick McEnroe
6–3, 6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 9. 1992 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay   Karel Nováček   Boris Becker
  Michael Stich
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 1992 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Cyril Suk   Hendrik Jan Davids
  Libor Pimek
W/O
Winner 7. 1993 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay   Stefan Edberg   Paul Haarhuis
  Mark Koevermans
6–2, 2–6, 7–5
Winner 8. 1993 Halle, Germany Grass   Cyril Suk   Mike Bauer
  Marc-Kevin Goellner
7–6, 5–7, 6–3
Winner 9. 1993 Cincinnati, US Hard   Andre Agassi   Stefan Edberg
  Henrik Holm
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 11. 1994 Munich, Germany Clay   Boris Becker   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  David Rikl
6–7, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 1995 Milan, Italy Carpet   Karel Nováček   Boris Becker
  Guy Forget
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 1995 Washington, D.C., US Hard   Cyril Suk   Olivier Delaître
  Jeff Tarango
6–1, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 10. 1996 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard   Stefan Edberg   Sébastien Lareau
  Alex O'Brien
7–5, 7–5, 4–6, 6–1
Runner-up 14. 1996 Indianapolis, US Hard   Cyril Suk   Jim Grabb
  Richey Reneberg
6–7, 6–4, 4–6

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

Professional Career
Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A NH A A A 2R 2R 1R QF 1R 3R 1R 1R W 3R A 1 / 10 17–9
French Open A A A 2R A 2R 2R F 2R 1R 1R 3R 4R 1R 2R A 0 / 11 15–11
Wimbledon A A A 3R A 1R 1R 2R 4R 2R 4R A 4R QF Q2 A 0 / 9 17–9
US Open A A A 1R A 2R 1R 1R 1R A QF 3R QF 1R A A 0 / 9 11–9
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–0 3–4 2–4 7–4 8–4 1–3 9–4 4–3 9–4 11–3 3–2 0–0 1 / 39 60–38
Year-End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup Did Not Qualify RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 1 0–3
Grand Slam Cup Not Held QF W 1R SF QF NH 1 / 5 7–4
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
A 1R 3R QF F 2R 1R A QF 1R A 0 / 8 11–8
Miami Masters 2R 2R 3R SF QF 2R 4R 2R 4R 1R A 0 / 10 14–10
Monte-Carlo Masters 2R A 2R 3R 2R 1R 3R A QF A A 0 / 7 7–7
Rome Masters 1R A SF A A 1R 2R A 1R A A 0 / 5 5–5
Hamburg Masters 1R A 2R A 3R 2R A A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
Canada Masters 2R F QF SF 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R A A 0 / 9 13–9
Cincinnati Masters 1R 2R QF 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R QF A A 0 / 9 9–9
Stuttgart Masters 3R QF QF QF 1R A A W 2R A A 1 / 7 13–6
Paris Masters 1R QF 2R 3R QF A SF 3R 2R A A 0 / 8 11–8
Win–Loss N/A 3–8 11–6 12–9 13–7 14–8 4–7 13–7 7–4 8–8 0–2 0–0 1 / 67 85–66
Career Statistics
Finals 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 7 3 3 0 2 3 2 0 0 27
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 10
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 2–1 8–13 13–8 24–27 45–24 62–30 54–23 38–22 27–23 42–19 55–24 34–21 6–12 0–0 410–248
Win % 0% 66% 38% 62% 47% 65% 67% 70% 63% 54% 69% 70% 62% 33% 62.31%
Year-End Ranking 794 511 87 188 59 38 9 7 12 18 41 24 13 13 1332

DoublesEdit

Professional Career
Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 ... 2005 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A NH A A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R SF W 2R A A A A A 1 / 8 15–7
French Open A A 1R 2R 2R F 2R QF SF A 1R 3R 3R A A A A A 0 / 10 19–10
Wimbledon A A A 1R A 2R 2R 1R A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
US Open A A A A 3R 2R 3R 1R A A 3R 1R 1R A A A A A 0 / 7 7–7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–2 8–4 4–4 4–4 4–2 2–1 6–3 8–2 3–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1 / 29 43–28
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 6 0–6
Miami Masters 2R A QF QF A QF 3R 1R A A A A A 0 / 6 12–5
Monte-Carlo Masters W A F W 1R 1R 1R A QF A A A A 2 / 7 16–4
Rome Masters 1R A 2R A A 2R 2R A A A A A A 0 / 4 3–4
Hamburg Masters 2R A 2R A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
Canada Masters 1R 2R A A 1R 1R 2R A A A A A A 0 / 5 2–5
Cincinnati Masters 2R 1R 1R W 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A A A A 1 / 9 8–7
Stuttgart Masters QF A A A A A 2R A A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
Paris Masters 1R A A 2R A A QF A A A A A A 0 / 3 3–3
Win–Loss N/A 9–8 1–3 9–6 14–3 1–4 4–5 7–7 0–2 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3 / 44 48–38
Year-End Ranking 296 91 46 26 15 63 64 32 115 44 23 220 321 1009 1536 1683

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 7 7 6 1 2 4 3 0 37
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score KR
1990
1.   Jay Berger 10 Philadelphia, United States Carpet (i) QF 7–6, 6–1 53
2.   Brad Gilbert 5 Davis Cup, Prague, Czechoslovakia Carpet (i) RR 6–2, 6–3, 6–3 26
1991
3.   Andre Agassi 6 Montreal, Canada Hard 2R 7–6(7–3), 6–2 40
4.   Jim Courier 5 Montreal, Canada Hard SF 3–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–2 40
5.   Ivan Lendl 5 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) 3R 5–7, 6–1, 6–4 13
6.   Sergi Bruguera 9 Paris, France Carpet (i) 3R 6–2, 6–4 11
1992
7.   Pete Sampras 4 Davis Cup, Fort Myers, United States Hard RR 6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 6–3 10
8.   Pete Sampras 4 Rome, Italy Clay QF 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–3 9
9.   Michael Stich 5 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–3, 6–2 8
10.   Pete Sampras 3 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–3, 6–1 8
11.   Stefan Edberg 2 Long Island, United States Hard SF 7–5, 7–5 6
12.   Ivan Lendl 9 Long Island, United States Hard F 6–2, 6–2 6
13.   Ivan Lendl 9 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) SF 6–4, 6–3 7
1993
14.   Stefan Edberg 3 Miami, United States Hard QF 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5) 5
15.   Michael Stich 10 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 7–6(7–0), 6–1 6
16.   Stefan Edberg 3 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–1, 6–1 6
17.   Michael Stich 7 Davis Cup, Halle, Germany Grass RR 6–2, 7–6(7–5) 9
18.   Ivan Lendl 7 Montreal, Canada Hard QF 7–6(7–4), 6–1 11
19.   Sergi Bruguera 4 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) QF 4–6, 6–0, 6–4 12
20.   Pete Sampras 1 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) SF 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 7–6(12–10), 13–11 12
21.   Michael Stich 2 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) F 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 11–9 12
1994
22.   Goran Ivanišević 7 Milan, Italy Carpet (i) QF 6–4, 4–6, 6–2 14
23.   Sergi Bruguera 4 Milan, Italy Carpet (i) SF 4–6, 6–1, 6–4 14
24.   Todd Martin 9 Indian Wells, United States Hard 3R 6–4, 3–6, 6–2 14
25.   Magnus Gustafsson 10 Munich, Germany Clay QF 6–4, 6–4 13
26.   Stefan Edberg 3 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–1, 6–4 12
27.   Stefan Edberg 6 Paris, France Carpet (i) 2R 4–6, 6–1, 6–4 20
1995
28.   Michael Chang 5 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 2R 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 56
1996
29.   Goran Ivanišević 5 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet (i) 2R 7–6(7–5), 6–2 49
30.   Marcelo Ríos 10 Paris, France Carpet (i) 2R 6–3, 6–4 37
1997
31.   Thomas Muster 4 Halle, Germany Grass QF 6–3, 6–4 27
32.   Pete Sampras 1 US Open, New York, United States Hard 4R 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 7–6(7–3) 16
33.   Marcelo Ríos 10 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) QF 6–3, 6–4 17
34.   Pat Rafter 3 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) SF 6–4, 7–6(7–3) 17
1998
35.   Jonas Björkman 4 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard QF 3–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2 7
36.   Marcelo Ríos 8 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard F 6–2, 6–2, 6–2 7
37.   Jonas Björkman 7 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–3, 6–1 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Korda suspended for a year", The Augusta Chronicle, 1 September 1999.
  2. ^ Rios asks for doping check of Korda from 1998. tennis.com (2015-03-05). Retrieved on 2015-11-07.
  3. ^ "Korda awaits doping case ruling", BBC, 28 January 1999.
  4. ^ "Korda escapes ban", BBC, 29 January 1999.
  5. ^ "Korda fires caddie mid-round". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  6. ^ Sebastian Korda
  7. ^ http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/player/profile.aspx?PlayerID=100291609

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