Korda joins impressive Open draw

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 March, 1999, 12:00am

Former Australian Open champion Petr Korda, who earlier this year caused a storm by testing positive for drugs and then escaping suspension, is the latest addition to April's star-studded Salem Open at Victoria Park.

Korda, who tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone at last year's Wimbledon, joins an all-star cast that also includes volatile Croatian Goran Ivanisevic, South African Wayne Ferreira and red-hot American Jan-Michael Gambill, who was last week's champion at Scottsdale, Arizona.

Former world number two Korda underlines the strength and depth of the player field and, along with Ivanisevic, will be making his first appearance at the Salem Open.

The list of bad boys has also grown, with fiery American Jeff Tarango also taking a place in the tournament from April 3 to 11.

Tarango incurred record fines and a three-week suspension for his outburst at the 1995 Wimbledon championships after storming off court and defaulting his third-round singles match against Germany's Alexander Mronz.

The tournament will boast its strongest-ever field in this, its 10th edition.

Australia's two-time US champion Patrick Rafter, former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, local crowd favourite Michael Chang, two-time Grand Slam finalist Cedric Pioline and young German ace Nicolas Kiefer have also confirmed their participation in the SAR's most prestigious tennis tournament.