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19
Apr
10

Odesnik ‘accepts’ provisional suspension.

American Wayne Odesnik has accepted “a voluntary provisional suspension” from all events, including the Grand Slams and other ATP-sanctioned tournaments.

The 24-year-old was caught with eight vials of human growth hormone (HGH), each containing six milligrams of the substance, by customs officers in Australia in January.

Odesnik pleaded guilty to importing the HGH in an Australian court in March and was fined more than $7,000 (around £4,500), but has not tested positive for a banned substance.

The International Tennis Federation said on Monday that the suspension began last Friday, and will run until his case, currently being investigated by the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme, is finished and an independent tribunal has reached its decision.

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10
Apr
10

Querrey, Odesnik, Chela & Zeballos are the unlikely final four.

Lleyton Hewitt’s bid to make a tournament-winning return to action ended when he was knocked out of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in the quarter-finals.

Defending champion Hewitt, who had hip surgery at the end of January, received a bye in the first round of the competition at Houston’s River Oaks Country Club and saw off India’s Somdev Dewarman to reach the last eight.

However, the fourth seed was no match for Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela, only showing glimpses of his old form at the end of each set in the 6-4 6-3 defeat.

Chela served for the match at 5-0 in the second set but was made to wait for victory as Hewitt reeled off three straight games in a comeback attempt.

However, the Argentinian regained his composure though and broke the Australian’s serve for the fifth time to secure victory in one hour and 12 minutes and set up an all-Argentinian semi-final clash.

Horacis Zeballos will be Chela’s opponent, after the sixth seed sprung a surprise by knocking out top seed Fernando Gonzalez in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.

The other semi-final will be an all American affair after Sam Querrey and Wayne Odesnik progressed.

Third seed Querrey reached the last four with a 6-3 3-6 6-4 defeat of Chile’s Nicolas Massu, converting three of seven break point opportunities to seal victory in one hour and 50 minutes.

Odesnik, runner up in this competition last year, beat Belgium’s Xavier Malisse 6-4 6-1 in one hour and 22 minutes.

28
Mar
10

Weren’t these the same guys who supported Agassi?

James Blake and Andy Roddick blasted Wayne Odesnik for admitting to importing human growth hormones in January before a tuneup tournament to the first major of the year.

Odesnik, 24, who lives in Fort Lauderdale and is ranked 98th, was fined $8,320 in an Australian court Friday and faces a possible two-year ban from tennis. The ITF handles all doping decisions and is investigating the case.

“That’s just plain cheating and they should throw him out of tennis,” Roddick said after his second-round victory over Russian Igor Andreev that ended after midnight Friday.

“I was shocked. We don’t need stories like that. That’s the minority. If that’s the case I have zero sympathy.

Blake, who played World Team Cup with Odesnik, was also unforgiving.

“It’s the same thing you hear about the criminal next door — he seemed like a nice guy until they found something going on,” Blake said. “People look for a way to get ahead, and that’s unfortunate. It’s something that’s frustrating. You want to feel like you’re playing on a fair playing field. I’m glad they caught him.”

Roddick, who has practiced with Odesnik near his home in Austin, became more agitated as the questions continued.

“To have it be one of our guys and for us to lose a guy in the Top 100, it makes me a little angry,” Roddick said. “I don’t want that stigma attached to our country and to our players, so it really [angers] me.

“I take a lot of pride in what we have to do on a daily basis and how responsible we have to be for one …. jackass to ruin it for the rest of us.”

26
Mar
10

Odesnik facing a two year ban!

American tennis player Wayne Odesnik faces a possible two-year ban after pleading guilty to importing human growth hormone (HGH) into Australia.

Customs officers found eight vials, each containing 6mg of HGH, in Odesnik’s baggage, when he arrived in Australia in January to play in the Brisbane International and Australian Open.

The American 24-year-old, ranked No.98 in the world, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to importing the hormone and was fined $8000 and ordered to pay $1142.80 in costs.

Odesnik made the quarter-finals in Brisbane, and reached the second round of the Australian Open, for which he picked up a $31,500 pay cheque.

The matter will now be referred to the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Under the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) code – to which the ITF is a signatory – the penalty for possession of a prohibited substance is a two-year ban from the sport.




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