ITF authorizes Yanina Wickmayer’s return to tennis
Finally Yanina Wickmayer will be able to play tennis in 2010 and she can take advantage of the wild card offer to play in Auckland.
ITF officials lifted her one-year ban for violating anti-doping rules.
“The ITF has removed both Mr. Malisse and Ms. Wickmayer from the list of suspended players, and both are eligible to participate with immediate effect,” the International Tennis Federation said in a statement.
On Monday, both tennis players won an injunction that suspended the decision of the Belgian national anti-doping agency of suspended the players for 1 year.
“As a signatory to the WADA Code, the ITF is required to give wider recognition to decisions within the authority of other signatories,” the ITF said.
Wickmayer and Malisse were suspended last month by a Belgian anti-doping panel for not fulfilling their whereabouts requirements, but if the latest court ruling holds, they can continue to compete on the circuit until the Court of Arbitration delivers a verdict on their appeal some time in the first half of next year.