Just go frak yourselves, would you?
November 9th, 2009 • Yanina Wickmayer
This is my attempt on writing something on the Wicky incident. (I’ll skip on the Malisse thing, but it’s obvious the same thing)
I’m sure, as everyone here is a tennis fan, has heard that Yanina Wickmayer has been suspended for one year. Sexy Bitch (as we kindly refer to her here on Fierce Tennis) didn’t inform her whereabouts three times to the Flemish Anti-Doping Association.
Why haven’t I posted about this before? I’ve been quite gutted — didn’t want to write about it. I actually like Wicky. Of course I believe a player should suffer some kind of punishment for misinforming their whereabouts. But Wicky only failed to inform them three times in 18 months. She had told her national Anti-Doping she was having problems with her password online. A career threatening ban like that should only be at stake if the system is flawless. Which obviously isn’t the case. A slap on the wrist, a warning, even a fine would be appropriate here.
Wicky found out about the ban in the middle of the night. It was all over in the press before she even knew. She was resting to play for a spot in the Bali semis when she was woken up by a call from her dad telling about what had happened. You can imagine how hysterical a 20-year-old would be upon hearing such news.
It’s also quite absurd when you think about the latest tennis doping scandals that have been on the media:
Gasquet‘s found with cocaine in his blood? Oh, he had just kissed a girl. Two months for him.
Agassi takes crystal meth and speed? Lies to ATP and gets away with it.
Wickmayer doesn’t inform her whereabouts three times? HANG HER A YEAR BAN.
It’s even worse when you think about who‘s doing this to her. Her own country. She will appeal the ban — but this will still make her miss months of the season either way. And after making her first Slam semifinals and having the best year of her career, this can be crushing to her self-esteem. There’s also the fact a ban is a ban and she will forever be known as a player who was caught in anti-doping. Why yes, Belgium, aren’t you simply a peach with your athletes?