- Wayne Odesnik has been banned for two years from Dec 29, 2009 by the ITF after pleading guilty to possession of Human Growth Hormone in Brisbane. The ban comes in light of the fact that Odesnik had not applied for a therapeutic use exemption, despite claiming that he purchased the HGH to assist with injury healing.
“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’s possession of the human Growth Hormone is an anti-doping rule violation under Article C.6 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.”
- Juan Monaco’s website was finally completed www.juanmonaco.com. The site features an incredible intro but is
- Ouanna saved three set points in a first set tie break against Andy Roddick, leading to the American hurling his racket across the red dirt in disgust. The world number 131 then swiftly took the first set 7-6 at the Master Guinot Mary Cohr. Roddick then managed to defend 2 match points in the second set tie break, but Ouanna managed to serve it out with an ace.
Roddick was playing only his first match on clay and said that next week, at the French Open, was “the main priority” while he incessantly fiddled with his hat during the post match interview and looked in a hurry to get off the court.
- Juan Martin del Potro has announced that he will not defend his US Open title.
News has come out today that Wayne Odesnik started a voluntary suspension on Friday as he awaits the findings of the ITF investigation after he was busted in Brisbane with viles of Human Growth Hormone. He has not failed any drug tests.
There was uproar almost 2 weeks ago when Odesnik was allowed to play in Houston, and made a run to the semi finals. Players were justifiably outraged because if found guilty as money and points gained will be withdrawn which could have gone to the qualifier he beat in his opening round. Both Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick were vocal in their disgust at their fellow American’s behaviour.
The ITF investigation could take months. Just look how long they deliberated over Serena Williams’ lines person abuse issue after last years US Open. It took them forever to decide she was in the wring and how to punish her. I imagine this will take longer give they can only prove he had the drug on him, not that he took it. The time he serves now will be deducted from any suspension he does receive (so maybe he’s fully expecting a suspension)
Admittedly with the mood against Odesnik there’s no point in him playing at the moment so he’s doing the smart thing and laying low. By playing he’s just rubbing it in everyone’s faces that he’s still playing. I imagine that after the amount of media that Andre Agassi’s admissions of a positive drug test (that was brushed under the rug) created that the ATP/ITF will be looking to avoid such embarrassment again.
It was an awkward match as American Sam Querrey and his fellow countryman Wayne Odesnik battled each other in today’s semi finals in Houston. Querrey, who has made no secret of his anger at Odesnik for bringing the game into disrepute, pleading guilty to HGH possession, said before the match that he refused to lose to Odesnik and that he should appologise to other players on the ATP. Querrey won 7-6, 1-6 7-5.
Odesnik, who has most recently been called a jackass by Andy Roddick, had to deal with a moody Querrey on the other side of the net. During the first set tie break Querrey called the umpire down to check the line after Odesnik served an ace. Odesnik tried to point out the ball was good to which Querrey responded “I don’t need your input, buddy.” As much as it was an unnecessary jab from Querrey, Odesnik shouldn’t have said anything. Normally a player only has any vocal input if it landed on their side of the net and knowing how his fellow American’s feel about what he’s been accused of, he should have just kept quite. There are consequences to every action.
It was not the only venom Querrey spat at Odesnik.
Querrey now faces Juan Ignacio Chela in the finals.
Mardy Fish has had to pull out of the clay court event in Houston after a MRI revealed an injured he sustained in Miami was a bit more serious than first expected. In Miami Fish fell over and injured his glutes. He reported a fair bit of pain at the time, and a few days later when he tried to play again, but has decided to take some time out to rest his injured ass.
“I thought the pain would subside and I thought the injury was a little bit less than it was. But I got an MRI today and the swelling showed up so much, which was unusual. So there’s a lot of stuff going on in there. It needs a lot of rest. Too bad. The knee feels great. I’m disappointed at not getting to play at this tournament, I’ve had a lot of success. The way I was hitting the ball, it’s a bummer not to be able to play here.”
Taylor Dent also retired from Houston, however, Houston marks the return of Lleyton Hewitt. Wayne Odesnik continues to receive heavy criticism from other players, including Fish, who think its inappropriate that he’s playing and depriving others of points and money that will be taken if he is found guilty of ingesting the HGH he was busted with.
American Wayne Odesnik, who Andy Roddick called a jackass after he recently pleaded guilty in Brisbane for entering Australia with viles of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), is playing this week in Houston. The ITF says he is able to continue competing while the investigation continue. Read more
Andy Roddick has always been vocal with his opinions, and the latest drug scandal in the ATP has not escaped the Amrican’s attention. 24 year old American play Wayne Odesnik (ATP rank 98) was busted at Australian customs earlier this year with 8 viles of human growth hormone (HGH) in his possession. At the time he was fined a mere $7,000 and will likely be suspended for 2 years. After the recent admissions of Andre Agassi (whom Roddick has forgiven for his indiscretions) and the cocaine scandal that surrounded Martina Hingis and Richard Gasquet, the game of tennis has been brought into further disrepute.
Odesnik pleaded guilty in court in Brisbane yesterday, and Roddick has been vocal.
“If he pled guilty, which it looks like he did, there’s nothing worse than that. If that’s the case, what we read today, that’s just plain cheating and they should throw him out of tennis. There’s just no room for it. I was shocked, I was surprised. We don’t need stories like that. If that’s the case, I have zero sympathy.” The problem is there is currently no accurate way of testing for HGH. “I hope they come up with a test and I hope they start just slamming guys. I hope when they do come up with a test for it they don’t tell anybody and they just implement it and start picking people off. 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.”
The ATP are also voicing their annoyance, and are unlikely to make the same mistakes they made with Andre, who so kindly informed the public of it in his book Open. “We are extremely disappointed in the behavior of this individual, which is in no way representative of the sport of tennis.”
The drug bust certainly doesn’t help the clean players who already frequently complain about the tennis drug testing. As it stands the players have to make their location known to drug testers for every day of the year at the beginning of the year. If this changes they must notify testers by text or email so they can be tested on any given day at a nominated time. If they fail to do so on 3 occasions (i.e. they are not where they said they would be when the testers show up) then they face a two year ban.
On a happier note, Roddick and his coach Larry Stefanki made bets with their wives that meant when the girls lost their bowling match they were forced to be paraded out to a restaurant in scuba gear.
“I had scuba gear and a sunshine headband...The worst part is the boys applauded everywhere we went so that people would turn & stare.” Brooklyn said on Twitter.