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Once Banned In HGH Case, Wayne Odesnik Back In US Open

Wayne Odesnik of the United States plays a backhand in his first-round match against Vincent Millot of France during day two of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Wayne Odesnik of the United States plays a backhand in his first-round match against Vincent Millot of France during day two of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An American tennis player who served a 12-month ban after getting caught with human growth hormone has earned a wild card into the U.S. Open.

Wayne Odesnik, a 28-year-old based in Florida and ranked 184th, hasn’t played in the U.S. Open’s main draw since 2009. He got a spot from the U.S. Tennis Association for this year’s tournament based on results at USTA Pro Circuit events.

Odesnik was off the tour from April 2010 to August 2011 after pleading guilty in an Australian court to importing HGH into that country in January 2010. Odesnik has denied using HGH; he never tested positive.

The International Tennis Federation originally banned him for two years. The ITF later cut that in half, saying Odesnik cooperated with its investigators.

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