The ITF announced today that accused doper Wayne Odesnik has accepted a voluntary suspension from all ATP and ITF tennis events.
The suspension began on Friday, less than a week from Odesnik’s controversial semifinal run in Houston.
As the suspension is voluntary, Odesnik could still return to the tennis tour at any time. An ITF Anti-Doping tribunal will rule on his case in the next few months, until then any playing time missed by Odesnik would be credited to a future suspension.
Odensik was busted in January for transporting eight vials containing six milligrams each of the banned substance human growth hormone (HGH) into Australia.
Odesnik reportedly arrived into Brisbane on January 2 but his bags didn’t make the flight. Two days later when officials located his bags a search revealed the the drugs.
When question by Australian authorities, he denied taking HGH saying he was awaiting approval from tennis officials before using it. Odesnik claimed his doctor prescribed the drug to help him recover from injury, but later admitted he purchased the drugs off the internet.
He was charged by Australian officials and fined $7,453. News of the violation was reported last month.
Odesnik has not tested positive for the drug. Under rules the 24-year-old American could be suspended for up to two years if the tribunal finds him guilty.
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