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ITF confirms Wickmayer, Malisse bans

Updated: November 7, 2009, 10:47 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- The International Tennis Federation has confirmed a one-year suspension for Belgian tennis players Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse.

The duo was suspended by a Belgian tribunal this week for failing to report their whereabouts to anti-doping officials three times this year.

The ITF said in a statement Saturday that it agreed the players had violated anti-doping rules.

The governing body said it "recognizes and respects" the tribunal's decision, and will "take all ...

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