Still nasty, he’s banned

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

LON­DON — Ilie Nas­tase has been banned from the Fed Cup and Davis Cup un­til 2019 be­cause of his foul-mouthed com­ments and bad be­hav­iour as Ro­ma­nia’s cap­tain dur­ing a Fed Cup match against Bri­tain.

In ad­di­tion to the ban, the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion said Fri­day the 1973 French Open cham­pion will not be able to work in an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity for a fur­ther two years, un­til 2021.

The 71-year-old Nas­tase was also fined $10,000. He has three weeks to ap­peal the de­ci­sion.

“Mr. Nas­tase made a com­ment about Ser­ena Wil­liams’s un­born child that was highly in­ap­pro­pri­ate and racially in­sen­si­tive,” the ITF said.

Nas­tase also “made ad­vances of a sex­ual na­ture to­ward Anne Keothavong, the cap­tain of the Great Bri­tain team” and “made abu­sive and threat­en­ing com­ments to the match of­fi­cials and to mem­bers of the Great Bri­tain team.”

Al­though he will have to sit out ITF events, the ban does not ap­ply to Grand Slam, ATP or WTA tour­na­ments, which are not un­der the govern­ing body’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

Nas­tase was pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended in April af­ter he spec­u­lated about the skin colour of the baby that Wil­liams is ex­pect­ing and for out­bursts dur­ing a Fed Cup match be­tween Ro­ma­nia and Bri­tain.

He pre­vi­ously ac­knowl­edged mak­ing mis­takes and hav­ing short­com­ings, but stressed “the cause I fight for is ten­nis, the sport I re­ally love, which I can­not sep­a­rate from my life.”

As Fed Cup cap­tain, Nas­tase hurled abuse at Bri­tish player Jo­hanna Konta, Keothavong and the um­pire. The ref­eree ejected Nas­tase.

Nas­tase, a for­mer top-ranked player, was barred from the French Open and was not in­vited to the Royal Box at Wim­ble­don, where he was a two-time fi­nal­ist.

ALAS­TAIR GRANT, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer Ro­ma­nian ten­nis star Ilie Nas­tase.

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