Odesnik has doping ban reduced for assisting officials

London: 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 Dec. 29, the world governing body said on its website.

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."

reporters were unable to contact the ITF for further explanation.

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