Johansson in SAA Open

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Prominent tennis player Thomas Johansson will jet into South Africa to take part in the SAA Tennis Open at Selborne Park in East London next month.

The 2002 Australian Open singles champion will be in the country to showcase his skills in the singles and doubles with partner Stefan Koubek at the tournament that runs from February 12-17.

Like countryman Jonas Bjorkman, who will also be in action in East London, Johansson owns a property at Pezula in the Southern Cape.

"But I'm excited about playing in East London because I have heard a lot of good things about the tournament," he said.

Johansson will be one of the later arrivals as he first has to compete in a Davis Cup tie in Israel on the weekend before the tournament.

The 32-year-old player is ranked 53 in the world but was as high as seven after his win over Marat Safin in the final of the Australian Open.

One of the reasons he has been unable to sustain that top-10 ranking has been because of injury.

"It's been pretty tough since winning in Melbourne," he said.