Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ITF lifts Wickmayer ban

Yanina Wickmayer had to wait only one day--though that was probably a very long day--to get her one-year suspension officially removed by the International Tennis Federation. Cleared by a Belgian court on Monday, Wickmayer then had to wait for the ITF to make its decision. The ITF consulted with the World Anti-Doping Agency, and today, announced that the Belgian player was free to compete.

Wickmayer has a wild card to play in Brisbane, and hopes to obtain a wild card to play in the Australian Open.


Todd Spiker said...

According to comments made here, though, it looks like she won't be given a wild card to the Australian Open (even though there are three still to be handed out, apparently all to Aussies), which she apparently now needs since she missed the entry dates due to the original suspension.

I can't believe that a Top 20 player, and slam semifinalist at the last major, might have to go through qualifying to play in Melbourne.

Diane said...

Oh, that's ridiculous. Let's hope someone approaches this sensibly.

Anonymous said...

Yes, like going through the qualifying route, she wasn't banned she should be happy.