Wickmayer acceps wild card to play in New Zealand

Yanina Wickmayer has accepted a wild card to play in the ASB

Classic women’s tennis tournament one day after a Belgian court

overturned her one-year ban for breaching anti-doping


Wickmayer was suspended last month by the Flemish National

Doping Organization for failing on three occasions to report her

whereabouts as required by World Anti-Doping Agency policies.

A Belgian civil court lifted that ban on Wednesday and the

International Tennis Federation said she was free to return to the

women’s tour.

Organizers of the $220,000 Auckland tournament, from Jan. 4-9,

immediately offered her a wild card. The 16th-ranked Wickmayer will

be the tournament’s third seed based on current entries.