Wayne Odesnik, playing for the first time since pleading guilty to importing human growth hormone, defeated Jerzy Janowicz 6-3, 6-4 at the US Clay Court Championship on Monday.
Odesnik pleaded guilty late last month to taking HGH into Australia. He was fined 7,200 dollars and could be banned by the ATP Tour which governs men’s professional tennis.
Odesnki refused to comment on the HGH scandal Monday saying he wants to keep the focus on his tennis for the moment. “I’m doing the only thing I can do right now and that is focus on my tennis,” Odesnik said. “I’ve worked extremely hard. I’m looking forward to the clay court season. That’s where I usually excel.” Asked if he had the backing of the other players on the ATP Tour, he said, “I don’t know, I’m just trying to play tennis.”
Janowicz, of Poland, said he was disappointed that the American was allowed to play in Houston. “I think it is unfair to do something like this,” Janowicz said. “It’s a misunderstanding because for me, he shouldn’t be playing at this moment. He should be suspended. There are bad feelings right now. He shouldn’t play and right now I’m playing with this guy. It’s tough to play with that kind of guy.”
Rezai reaches second round in Marbella
Marbella, Spain: Fourth-seeded Aravane Rezai of France advanced to the second round of the Andalucia Tennis Experience tournament on Monday with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain.
Rezai was the only seeded player in action to open the outdoor clay court event at the Club de Tennis Puente Romano. Kim Clijsters also features in the field. In other first round singles play, Tatjana Malek of Germany beat Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-0.