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American tennis player Wayne Odesnik banned 15 years for 2nd doping violation

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, June 27, 2012 file photo, Wayne Odesnik of the United States returns a shot during a first round men's singles match against Bjorn Phau of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England. The International Tennis Federation has banned American player Wayne Odesnik for 15 years after a second doping violation. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, June 27, 2012 file photo, Wayne Odesnik of the United States returns a shot during a first round men's singles match against Bjorn Phau of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England. The International Tennis Federation has banned American player Wayne Odesnik for 15 years after a second doping violation. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Andy Murray, of Great Britain, returns to Adrian Mannarino, of France, during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Andy Murray, of Great Britain, returns to Adrian Mannarino, of France, during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

The International Tennis Federation has banned American player Wayne Odesnik for 15 years after a second doping violation.

The 29-year-old Odesnik was first sanctioned in 2010 for the possession of human growth hormone. Odesnik was off the tour form April 2010 to August 2011 after pleading guilty in Australia to importing HGH. He denied using the drug, and repeatedly said he never tested positive.

The ITF originally banned him for two years, but cut the penalty in half, saying he cooperated with investigators.

On Wednesday, the ITF said Odesnik provided doping samples in December and January that tested positive for various banned substances, including steroids.

The ban was back-dated to Jan. 30 and will run until Jan. 29, 2030.