23 Dec 2010

Odesnik able to return to tennis

12:06 pm on 23 December 2010

The American tennis player Wayne Odesnik has had the remaining 12 months of his two-year doping ban suspended because of assistance he provided officials.

Odesnik will be eligible for competition from December 29th.

The 25-year-old American, with a career-high ranking of 77, was suspended for two years by the ITF in May after admitting to importing the banned substance human growth hormone (HGH) into Australia before the year's first grand slam in Melbourne.

The ITF statement did not specify what he had done but took into account "substantial assistance provided by Mr Odesnik in relation to the enforcement of professional rules of conduct."