Odesnik has doping ban reduced for assisting officials

LONDON Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:30pm EST

Wayne Odesnik of the U.S. returns a shot against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 20, 2010. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Wayne Odesnik of the U.S. returns a shot against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 20, 2010.

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LONDON (Reuters) - American tennis player Wayne Odesnik has had the remaining 12 months of his two-year doping ban suspended because of assistance he provided officials, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Wednesday.

Odesnik will be eligible for competition from December 29, the world governing body said on its website (www.itftennis.com).

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."

Reuters were unable to contact the ITF for further explanation.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Tom Pilcher)

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