Odesnik loses first tourney following one-year suspension

Wayne Odesnik has lost in his first tournament since serving a

one-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation.

Odesnik was beaten 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the quarterfinals Friday

by Luka Gregorc of Slovenia.

The ITF suspended Odesnik after customs officers discovered the

performance-enhancing substance human growth hormone in his baggage

when he arrived in Australia for a tournament a year ago. Stripped

of his ranking, the former top-100 player began his comeback this

week at the Futures level, the lowest rung on the U.S. Tennis

Association Pro Circuit.

Odesnik, who won two matches before losing to Gregorc, plans to

play more Futures tournaments in the coming weeks.