Well, this is interesting development. American tennis player Wayne Odesnick, banned and disgraced after it was revealed that Australian customs officials caught him packin’ human growth hormone last January, will be free to re-join the pro circuit in time for the start of the 2011 season. The ITF’s ban was backdated to December 29, 2009, and Wayne’s now had a year taken off of it. Here’s today’s press release from the ITF:
Decision in the case of Wayne Odesnik
London, England, 22 Dec 2010 – The International Tennis Federation announced today that Wayne Odesnik, who has been serving a period of ineligibility for committing an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article C.6 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (Possession of a Prohibited Substance), has had the remaining twelve months of his ineligibility suspended pursuant to Article M.5.3 of the Programme, on account of ongoing Substantial Assistance provided by Mr Odesnik in relation to the enforcement of professional rules of conduct. As a result, Mr Odesnik will be eligible to compete again as from 29 December 2010.
Wow, there must be a reason the ITF capitalized “Substantial Assistance.” Are we looking at a big drug bust in the coming months? I sure hope so, otherwise it will be hard to stomach seeing Wayne Odesnik back on the tour. Something tells me he won’t be practicing with the US Davis Cup team any time soon.