View Full Version : Two WTA players suspended for a year

Jan 3rd, 2002, 12:34 PM
I don't think I ever told this to the board but I found out that two Australian players, namely Biljana Dimovska and Suzi Becvinovska were both fined and banned from playing any ITF/WTA event for 12 months after both players illegally represted Macedonia is Fed Cup last year.

I think this was a just penalty and definitely warranted. It was a disgrace how they went behind Tennis Australia's back and did this, especially after all the money and resources invested in them through juniors. Its a shame though as they are the ones that have lost out. They were both just starting to make in roads to breaking into the top 800 and know will be left without a ranking, and no chance of any further help by Tennis Australia.

This ban was enforced over 6 months ago so they have might return to the tour soon.

Jan 3rd, 2002, 04:36 PM
12 months is a little bit harsh, though!

How did they manage to represent Macedonia without anyone checking their nationalities though?

Jan 3rd, 2002, 04:46 PM
Harsh penalty but thats the rules, you have to be resident of that country for 3 years to be able to represent in FED CUP in you are not a citizen.

They're both quite young as well, probably influenced by their parents and the Dokic situation.

Jan 3rd, 2002, 11:07 PM
yeah, how did this happen in the first place??

Jan 4th, 2002, 12:26 AM
Both players had dual citizenship as their parents are Macedonian but they have lived in Australia most of their life.

It was inexcusable and their parents certainly weren't responsible and didn't push them to play. They decided themselves, and as immature 18yo's didn't think of the consequences