Little sympathy for Odesnik after human growth hormone bust
Judging by the reaction to his drug bust around the game, you wonder what
He's out there alone now, likely to draw at least a two-year ban from the sport, and to some, it's almost a relief. This is not a big name. It's a player familiar only to those who follow the sport closely. If tennis wants to make a big statement here, demonstrating a zero-tolerance policy about performance-enhancing drugs, what better target than little-known Wayne Odesnik?
That's why I wonder if he might be just a little bit steamed. I doubt Odesnik expected much public support from the game's top players, but the prevailing sentiment seems to be, "Get him the hell out of our lives." If you're familiar enough with HGH to be importing it from one country to another, you undoubtedly have some tales to tell -- about the substance and how prevalent its usage may be on tour.
Odesnik's case aside, tennis is not a sport that traditionally invites such skepticism. Rumors have swirled around
Without question, things have changed in recent years. If players truly seek world-class endurance, they'll have to measure up to Nadal's relentless fury. There are more tall, huge-serving players than ever before, most notably
I'm sure Odesnik's fellow players are appalled by his clueless approach to traveling (vials of HGH in your baggage?), as well as his choice of coaches.
At least we've got some serious talk, finally, about performance enhancers in tennis. If a player wants to dabble in cocaine -- the drug associated with the
With HGH, a wildly popular substance among athletes and one for which reliable blood tests are only recently being discovered, you have something that would seem to connect directly with tennis. But here's another thing to consider: When it comes to sports doping, the chemists are always ahead of the tests. It shouldn't be long before HGH is passé, rotting on the shelves of irrelevance along with Wayne Odesnik's reputation.