Tennis

Odesnik out on return from doping ban

Wayne Odesnik was dumped out of a rain-hit ATP Washington by Radek Stepanek on his Tour return following a year-long doping ban.

 
Odesnik out on return - TennisAFP
 

The American lost 6-1 6-1 to the Czech in the second round at the FitzGerald Tennis Center after replacing compatriot and second seed Mardy Fish in the draw as a lucky loser.

South Africa-born Odesnik was banned for two years after pleading guilty in March last year to importing human growth hormone into Australia - although he denies ever taking the substance.

The ban, backdated to the previous December, was suspended after 12 months. He has since been building up his ranking again on the challenger and futures circuits.

Third-seeded Serbian Viktor Troicki went through in straight sets against another home player in Ryan Harrison, the score 7-5 6-2.

Fifth seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain eased past Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-4 6-4. 

Fourth seed Jurgen Melzer and 14th seed Xavier Malisse both retired through injury. Melzer was losing 6-7(6) 6-4 3-1 to American Donald Young when a leg injury ended his tournament while Malisse suffered an arm problem at 7-6(4) 2-3 down against Michael Russell.

Russell and Young will meet in the third round.

Ninth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko defeated Matthew Ebden 6-3 7-5, ending a run of four matches without a win, while six second-round matches were either suspended or postponed due to the rain. 

Play on Thursday will begin four hours earlier than originally planned. 

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