Tennis Pros Slam 'Douchebag' Wayne Odesnik After Second Failed Drug Test

By McCarton Ackerman 03/23/15

U.S. Open champ Andy Roddick put Wayne Odesnik on blast for failing a second drug test.

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American tennis pro Wayne Odesnik has been given a 15-year ban from the sport after failing a drug test for the second time, but the ban was surprisingly met with an audible chorus of cheers from his peers on the circuit.

Odesnik, 29, announced his retirement from the sport after the ban was announced. He released a statement claiming he “unknowingly ingested a contaminated over-the-counter supplement,” but the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency reported that he tested positive for three different banned substances in separate urine samples that he provided at the end of last year.

After receiving a two-year suspension, later reduced to one year, in 2010 for possession of human growth hormone, Odesnik, by his own admission was “the most [drug] tested American tennis player on tour.” He was tested 14 times last year alone.

His career-ending ban was met with unanimous approval from his fellow players. Because Odesnik allegedly ratted out other players who were doping in exchange for a lesser sentence after his first failed test in 2010, he had become a pariah on tour who struggled to find doubles partners or players to practice with.

“My feelings are that he’s a douchebag and I hate that he has the U.S. flag next to his name when he cheats. Good riddance,” tweeted former world No. 1 Andy Roddick. World No. 4 Andy Murray also tweeted “Bye bye Wayne…good riddance,” while doubles specialist Jamie Delgado advised him to “get off the tour mate.” All three comments were also retweeted by numerous other players and coaches on tour. Ironically, Odesnik’s coach, Guillermo Canas, was suspended for 13 months for doping in August 2005.

Odesnik now joins a list of disgraced tennis players whose careers have been ended by drug use. Canadian Simon Larose quietly bowed out from the sport after receiving a two-year ban for a positive cocaine test in February 2005, while Spanish player Nuria Llagostera Vives retired from the sport when she received a two-year ban in November 2013 after testing positive for methamphetamine.

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