Odesnik banned two years by ITF

Updated: May 19, 2010, 11:30 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- American tennis player Wayne Odesnik was banned for two years on Wednesday, two months after pleading guilty to importing human growth hormone into Australia.

Although Odesnik denied using HGH and has never tested positive for the banned substance, the International Tennis Federation suspended him for possessing a prohibited substance "without a therapeutic use exemption."

"Mr. Odesnik did not in fact obtain or apply for a therapeutic use exemption ... prior to obtaining ...

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