Wayne Odesnik Suspended Two Years From Tennis for Doping
by Tom Gainey | May 19th, 2010, 12:44 pm

The hammer has came down on Wayne Odesnik earlier today. A few months after the American first came under scrutiny for transporting HGH into Australia, the ITF has officially slapped Odesnik with a two-year suspension from tennis.

Odesnik was caught bringing in eight vials of human growth hormone (HGH) into Australian at the beginning of the year. He admitted to the vials were in his possession but Odesnik kept playing on the tour.

In their press release, the ITF said, “Mr Odesnik asserted that he had purchased the human Growth Hormone on professional advice to treat a recurring injury, and that he intended to apply for a therapeutic use exemption prior to using it. Mr Odesnik denied ever using any of the human Growth Hormone.

“The ITF has no evidence to contradict that denial, but Mr Odesnik did not in fact obtain or apply for a therapeutic use exemption for the human Growth Hormone prior to obtaining it. Accordingly, Mr Odesnik‚Äôs possession of the human Growth Hormone is an anti-doping rule violation under Article C.6 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.”

The ban is retroactive to December 29, 2009 and will expire on December 28, 2011. Odesnik will forfeit all ranking points and prize money he earned in 2010 including his runner-up finish in Houston last month.

Odesnik is 24. He is currently ranked #114 in the ATP.

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9 Comments for Wayne Odesnik Suspended Two Years From Tennis for Doping

Desirai Says:


fadingis Says:

amen!!!!!! for tennis

Johio Says:

amen!!!!!! for tennis

Andrew Miller Says:

amen! for tennis, +2

its all abt da game Says:

well, he actually earned 200 points in 2010.
but he will lose ’em all and slip outside top 180

leo vixen Says:

Serves him right! Let this be a lesson and an example to everyone else that the ITF isn’t going to take any more crazy excuses and brush them aside.

Cindy_Brady Says:

Hypocrisy runs deep in the ITF. If Wayne Odesnik was a tennis superstar they would have looked the other way alla other more well known players.

Let’s slap the ban on a mediocre player no one cares about and make it look like we’re really on top of things.

If any of their golden boy cash cows got caught, you can be sure the investigation would drag on and on, ultimately leading to a slap on the wrist and a tearful public apology. What a farce!

FloridaTao Says:

Very poor jugdment on Odesnik’s part, to do what he did. Not to mention extremely questionable.

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