American Wayne Odesnik denied on Wednesday that his two-year drug ban had been halved by tennis authorities because he provided them with insider information about other players.
Odesnik's case has caused discontent among players who believe his suspension was cut under International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules which state that this can happen "where the participant has provided substantial assistance" in uncovering other offences.
The South African-born 26-year-old lost in the first round at Wimbledon on Wednesday, his first Grand Slam since the suspension was imposed in 2010."I would like each and every single one of you to jot this down in capital letters, I would 100 percent never say anything bad about a player or do something that I was a spy," said Odesnik.
"That is utterly false. I don't know where you guys started this rumour or where you heard it from.”