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Korda Challenges Drug Test Results

January 14, 1999

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Australian Open champion Petr Korda has lodged a legal challenge to the International Tennis Federation’s planned appeal against his penalty for testing positive to steroids.

Korda’s lawyers began proceedings in the High Court in England in a bid to stop the ITF from appealing its independent panel’s decision not to impose a one-year ban. The ITF is in the process of appealing the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

``It’s completely in the hands of my lawyers,″ Korda said today at the Colonial Classic, a warmup event for the Australian Open. ``We are asking the court if the ITF can appeal its own decision.″

Korda said he had been instructed not to discuss the appeal.

``I want to play tennis at this time, I am not concentrating on what’s happening over there,″ the Czech star said.

``You never know your chances in your life, you can’t predict it. When we go on court we can’t say for sure we are going to win. It’s in the hands of my lawyers and I will follow them.″

The ITF appeals board ruled that because of ``exceptional circumstances″ it would not impose a one-year ban on Korda. Instead, he was fined his Wimbledon prize money and the points earned from the event.

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