Wayne Odesnik, a professional left-handed American tennis player, has announced his retirement after receiving a ban of 15 years. The ban was announced by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Odesnik was banned after urine samples submitted by him in December 2014 and January 2015 tested positive for multiple banned substances. This was a second doping offense for the tennis player who has won a combined 14 singles titles in Challenger and Future ITF Men's Circuit events. Samples of the 29-year-old player were found to contain one or more of: metabolites of Methenolone; metabolites of Androst-(2, 3)-en-17-one; and GHRP-6. All are Prohibited Substances under the 2014 and 2015 WADA List of Prohibited Substances: Methenolone under section S1 (Anabolic agents); Androst-(2, 3)-en-17-one under section S4 (Hormone and metabolic modulators); and GHRP-6 under Section 2 (Peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics). Accordingly, Odesnik was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Program.
In 2010, Odesnik was sanctioned for the possession of human growth hormone. He was barred for two years after eight vials of human growth hormone were found by Australian authorities in his luggage at an airport in Brisbane. His ban was later reduced to seven months under anti-doping program of the International Tennis Federation due to substantial assistance provided by Odesnik in relation to the enforcement of professional rules of conduct, details of which were never revealed.
He is now suspended from participation for a period of 15 years that is backdated to commence from 30 January 2015 and ending at midnight on 29 January 2030. With this suspension, his results at the Happy Valley Challenger event, Australian Open, and Maui Challenger event should be disqualified and he will forfeit the ranking points and prize money that he won at those events.
In a statement, Wayne Odesnik said he had “unknowingly ingested a contaminated over-the-counter supplement” and announced his retirement. Odesnik remarked he was immediately heartbroken upon learning of his positive test results as words could not describe his shock and disappointment. The tennis player added he would never knowingly have taken any chance of consuming a banned substance being the most tested American tennis player on tour. Odesnik was tested 14 times by USADA in 2013, more than any other player and he was tested 10 times in 2014, which tied him for the most.
The name of Wayne Odesnik also emerged in the scandal involving Biogenesis of America, a now-closed South Florida clinic that supplied performance enhancing drugs to professional athletes. His name appeared 26 times in notebooks of the company.
British tennis star Andy Murray welcomed the ban on Odesnik and said he is a cheat and it is good for everyone in tennis he is dealt with in the right way. Murray, the world’s fourth-ranked player, remarked it is good for tennis that they got him off tour and went on to add that it is the end of his career and he can’t even come on site to events or coach that is a good thing.