By winning his semifinal match 7-6(4), 1-6, 7-5 over Wayne Odesnik at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships, Sam Querrey, at least for a few days, ended what many felt was a slap in the face to the sport since Odesnik continued to play despite being under suspicion for recently pleading guilty in an Australian court to possession of Human Growth Hormone or HGH. Even though it’s unclear what actions, if any, the International Tennis Federation will take against Odesnik, it’s very obvious that the reaction by the mainstream sports media and casual fans of the game has been one of almost no reaction.
Aside from tennis journalists who cover the game week in and week out and diehard fans who follow every match regardless of who plays, Odesnik’s controversy has been largely ignored. Those “in the know” attending the Houston event were surprised by other fans cheering Odesnik on during his semifinal run. It’s plainly obvious those fans weren’t aware of Odesnik’s admission despite daily coverage in the local Houston Chronicle newspaper. Continue reading