Tennis: Erakovic to play in Istanbul despite fears

Marina Erakovic returns a ball at the WTA Wuhan Open. Photo / Getty Images
Marina Erakovic returns a ball at the WTA Wuhan Open. Photo / Getty Images

Kiwi tennis player Marina Erakovic still intends to play a WTA tournament in Istanbul despite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advising against New Zealanders travelling to Turkey.

Erakovic is due to play qualifying at the clay court tournament in a fortnight.

The Belgian terror attacks and a series of bomb blasts in Istanbul have heightened security fears, but Erakovic has been assured the tournament will be safe.

She says obviously it's a little bit scary now with the recent attacks but the WTA is doing a good job for them with security in hotels etc.

Erakovic, who is into the second year of being on the WTA Players' Council, says they've been pushing for heightened security at next month's French Open.

- Radio Sport

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