Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ex-Sacramento champion banned for 15 years

Wayne Odesnik, playing in the Napa
Challenger last September, committed
a second doping offense. Photo by
Paul Bauman
   INDIAN WELLS -- Wayne Odesnik's career, it appears, is over after a second doping offense.
   The 29-year-old Floridian was suspended for 15 years after testing positive for several banned substances, including steroids, in December and January, the Tennis Anti-Doping Program and United States Anti-Doping Agency announced today.
   Odesnik, who won the 2007 Sacramento Challenger at the Sutter Lawn Tennis Club, served a one-year suspension in 2010 for possession of human growth hormone.
   A 5-foot-11 (1.80-meter) left-hander, Odesnik is ranked No. 267 in the world. He reached a career-high No. 77 in 2009. 
   ''Bye bye Wayne... Good riddance,'' tweeted Andy Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion.
   After beating Adrian Mannarino of France 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, Murray said, "I think it's good for tennis to get him off the tour because we don't want that being part of the tour."    

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