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ITF clears Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse to play

Belgian duo Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse
Wickmayer (left) and Malisse were both banned for missing tests

The International Tennis Federation has lifted the one-year bans it imposed on Belgian duo Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse for flouting anti-doping rules.

Wickmayer had been banned after failing to report her whereabouts for testing three times, while Malisse twice missed tests and was unavailable a third time.

The ITF says both players are eligible to begin competing again immediately.

A Belgian court had banned the duo on 5 November, but the bans were then suspended by an injunction on Monday.

US Open semi-finalist Wickmayer, who is ranked 18 in the world, claims she was not properly informed of the online reporting requirements for drug-testing that led to her initial ban.

Malisse, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, twice failed to report his whereabouts and on a third occasion was unavailable for testing at the address he had submitted.

Following Monday's court ruling, Wickmayer was offered a wildcard to play at the ASB Classic, a warm-up tournament for January's Australian Open.

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