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WTA willing to help Hingis when organization gets results

11/11/2007 - Tennis

MADRID, Spain -- Martina Hingis is awaiting help from the
WTA Tour in the fight to clear her name after a positive test for
cocaine at Wimbledon.

WTA Tour president Stacy Allaster said Sunday that the women's
tour will only get involved after doping authorities hand over a
report on the case.

"We let that process happen independently and then, depending
on the findings of the tennis anti-doping committee, we'll be there
to support Martina," Allaster told The Associated Press at the
Sony Ericsson Championships.

Hingis made a surprise appearance over the weekend at the
season-ending event, which the five-time Grand Slam champion won
twice.

"I personally haven't seen her, but she's part of our tennis
family, and I'm glad she joined us here," Allaster said. "Martina
was a great champion, a very accomplished athlete. Our sport has
been very fortunate to have had Ms. Hingis."

Allaster wouldn't comment on the nine-month ban and $60,000 fine
handed to Alessio Di Mauro by the ATP after the Italian bet on
tennis matches. The WTA enlists the same punishment as the ATP, she
said.

"We have a great system in place already and there is no
indication there is betting going on," Allaster said. "We're
going through a period of going through our plan to deal with this
issue."