Odesnik denies doping ties

by: Matt Cronin | June 25, 2013

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American player Wayne Odesnik is facing new drug inquiry after alleged links to the Tony Bosch clinic in Miami, which is being investigated for allegedly supplying banned substances to various pro athletes, including baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez.

The Mail reported that Dr. Stuart Miller, the ITF’s Executive Director of Science and Technology confirmed to them that it is looking into the allegations about Odesnik, whose name appeared on the Miami clinic's record from  2009- 2011. Odesnik has denied that he was doping.

Odesnik  has already served a one-year ban for after trying to import eight vials of human growth hormone into Australia.  He was initially suspended for two years, but his ban was cut in half after he agreed to work with authorities to provide "substantial assistance in relation to the enforcement of professional rules of conduct.”

Odesnik has admitted on video that he gave out information on “a few other players”

The web site Sportingintelligence reported that in 2009 Odesnik was investigated by after a first-round match at Wimbledon when around one million pounds was wagered on him to lose to Austria’s Jurgen Melzer in straight sets, which he did. However, he was not charged with match fixing. Sportingintelligence also wrote that in January 2011, some of the information that Odesnik  gave authorities was used in corruption charges against Austrian player, Daniel Kollerer, but that American was found to be an unreliable witness. Kollerer was eventually banned for life.

After his opening-round Wimbledon loss today, Odesnik denied involvement with the Miami clinic. He  said he has been tested on a monthly basis and has passed those tests.

“I don't have any connection to it,” Odesnik said at Wimbledon. “I mean, any other question you can ask my lawyer...This is old news...I've been tested probably in the last three years on a regular basis.  I know this year I've been tested every single month. I've had an out-of-competition test on a regular basis, blood and urine, from USADA...I've done nothing wrong. I'm as clean as a whistle.”

Odesnik said the Tennis Integrity Unit is in contact with his lawyer. The 27 year old also said that he is no longer giving information to officials.

“There's no information to supply,” he said. “A few years ago they — it's old news, confidential with them.  I'm here just trying to do the best that I can.”


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