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.”