Wickmayer to play in Auckland after ban lifted
Yanina Wickmayer has accepted a wild card to play in the ASB
Classic women’s tennis tournament in January after a Belgian court
overturned her one-year ban for breaching anti-doping
The No. 16-ranked Wickmayer was suspended last month by the
Flemish National Doping Organization for failing on three occasions
to report her whereabouts in line with World Anti-Doping Agency
A Belgian civil court this week lifted that ban and the
International Tennis Federation has said she is now 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. She will be the tournament’s
third seed based on current entries.
“It is such good news and the best possible Christmas present
that I am able to play,” Wickmayer said in a statement.
“I had such a great 2009 on the court and now look forward to
starting my 2010 at Auckland.”