16 Dec 2009

Wickmayer could still play ASB Classic

3:01 pm on 16 December 2009

The Belgian tennis player Yanina Wickmayer is likely to be given a wildcard into next month's ASB Classic in Auckland after a Belgian court suspended the bans on her and Xavier Malisse.

The pair were given one-year bans by the Flemish anti-doping tribunal in November after failing to report their whereabouts on a number of occasions.

Wickmayer's lawyers are hopeful that a Belgian court's decision to provisionally lift the bans means the US Open semi-finalist can resume her playing career.... however, the International Tennis Federation is yet to comment.

Wickmayer, who was suspended for failing to report her whereabouts three times, was an original entrant into the Auckland event and is still keen to participate as a buildup to hopefully playing the Australian Open.

Tournament Director Brenda Perry says Wickmayer would be eligible for a wildcard they have to keep open for a late entry by a top 20 player.

If Wickmayer does get a wildcard, it will mean the ASB Classic will have 5 top 20 players.