Wayne Odesnik was hit with his second doping offense, the ITF announced today, effectively ending his tennis career thanks to a 15-year ban from the sport.
Odesnik December 14 test returned positive for “one or more of: metabolites of methenolone; metabolites of androst-(2,3)-en-17-one; and GHRP-6″. The 29-year-old will forfeit points earned this year from the Australian Open and any challenger events.
Odesnik then announced his retirement from the sport, but maintained his innocence.
“I am announcing my retirement from professional tennis on the ATP World Tour effective immediately,” he said in a statement. “For the past decade, I was extremely blessed to travel the world playing professional tennis, the sport I have grown up playing and is a part of me.
“In December 2014, I unknowingly ingested a contaminated over-the-counter supplement. Upon learning of my positive test results I was immediately heartbroken as words could not describe my shock and disappointment. Being the most tested American tennis player on the tour, I would never knowingly have taken any chance of consuming a banned substance. The contaminated product is currently with an independent accredited testing laboratory in California for further testing at my own expense, and I am currently considering my legal options.”
The American was first caught in 2010. The lefty reached a career-high No. 77 in 2009. He has earned over $1.15M over his career.
Following the decision, a few players applauded the news.
Bye bye Wayne… Good riddance
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) March 18, 2015
— steve darcis (@stevedarcishark) March 18, 2015
Wayne Odesnik cheats again what a joke… Get out of the sport mate #cheat
— jamie delgado (@DelgadoJamie) March 18, 2015
@andrewikesports my feelings are that he's a douchebag and I hate that he has a US flag next to his name when he's cheating. Good riddance
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) March 18, 2015
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