Odesnik faces lengthy ban
American Wayne Odesnik faces a ban from tennis after pleading guilty to importing human growth hormone into Australia.
Last Updated: 27/03/10 10:56am
South Africa-born American Wayne Odesnik faces a lengthy ban from tennis after pleading guilty to importing human growth hormone into Australia.
Odesnik, 24, was stopped by customs officers on January 2 as he arrived Down Under ahead of the Brisbane International and Australian Open.
He was searched and eight vials, each containing six milligrams of the performance-enhancing substance, were found in his baggage.
Odesnik pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to importing the hormone, and was fined $8,000 Australian dollars plus $1,142.80AD in court costs.
Under the World Anti-Doping Authority code - to which the ITF is a signatory - Odesnik faces a possible two-year suspension for possession of a prohibited substance.
Johannesburg-born Odesnik, who is currently ranked No. 98 in the world and has a career-high ranking of 77, reached the quarter-finals at the Brisbane International and the second round of the Australian Open at Melbourne.
He has since played in four tournaments in the United States, advancing beyond the first round just once.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority was aware of the charges against Odesnik before he played in the season's opening tennis Grand Slam tournament.
"We've been aware of the case as part of our usual information sharing agreement with the Australian Customs Service - that's how we got notified," said an ASADA spokesman.
"We had to wait for Customs to take it to court. Now that has happened, our investigation team will look at the information going forward."