Petr Korda tested positive for anabolic steroids at Wimbledon 1998 after his quarter final match against Tim Henman at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships. The Czech Republic tennis star received a ban from the Czech Tennis Association from playing in his home country for a year.
This ban was announced after the Czechs unsuccessfully demanded suspension of Petr Korda who managed to escape punishment from the International Tennis Federation. Later, Korda lost 199 ranking points and the $94,529 prize money he earned at Wimbledon.
Korda’s explanation that he was clueless as to how the anabolic steroid got into his system was accepted by an ITF Panel. Later, the International Tennis Federation admitted that its appeals committee made an error in not handing suspension to the 1998 Australian Open champion. After receiving complaints from some top players, the ITF decided to overturn the ruling and suspended Petr Korda for one year.
It was remarked by the then-ITF President Brian Tobin that the International Tennis Federation is unhappy with the decision of the appeals committee. Tobin also had remarked that the ITF would like to get it overturned it at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was ruled by the CAS that Korda was guilty and a ban of one year was imposed but it was something of a moot point as Korda had already announced his retirement after he failed to qualify for Wimbledon 1999.
Petr Korda competed in the Prague Challenger in December 2000 and the Prostejov Challenger in both 2001 and 2005. He is busy these days caddying at the behest of his daughter, Jessica, and was last seen when she played her fourth major, all United States Women’s Opens.