Players and administrators were digesting the announcement that Australian customs officials had found eight vials of human growth hormone in the luggage of American player Wayne Odesnik last January when Odesnik entered the country to play in a tournament in Brisbane. The routine search is likely to bring tennis’ anti-doping program under increased scrutiny.
Odesnik pleaded guilty and was fined $8,320. He faces a two-year suspension under the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Agency code. The International Tennis Federation will conduct an initial investigation and most likely would handle any subsequent adjudication hearing, although it is possible that anti-doping authorities in Australia or the United States could also take jurisdiction. Australian officials notified the ITF of Odesnik’s pending offense when it happened, but the ITF had to wait until the legal case ran its course before taking any action.