Nas­tase is fac­ing end of his ca­reer

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

TENNIS: lie Nas­tase has been handed a pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion from the Fed Cup by the In­ter­na­tional Tennis Fed­er­a­tion (ITF) – but that did not stop him brazenly walk­ing back into Te­nis Club IDU in Con­stanta yes­ter­day.

The Ro­ma­nia cap­tain was thrown out of the World Group II play-off against Great Bri­tain on Satur­day af­ter an ex­tra­or­di­nary melt­down that saw him hurl foul-mouthed abuse at the Bri­tish team and jour­nal­ists.

He had his ac­cred­i­ta­tion re­moved but, shortly af­ter the home side had wrapped up vic­tory in the tie, Nas­tase walked in through the main doors and along a cor­ri­dor to the VIP lounge.

The ITF later con­firmed Nas­tase was not al­lowed to be on site in any ca­pac­ity and the Ro­ma­nian Tennis Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent sub­se­quently said he had left.

Nas­tase was al­ready un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the ITF af­ter mak­ing an ap­par­ently racist com­ment about Ser­ena Williams’ un­born baby at Fri­day’s press con­fer­ence and ask­ing Bri­tish cap­tain Anne Keothavong for her room num­ber.

For­mer US Open fi­nal­ist Pam Shriver, mean­while, has re­vealed that Nas­tase made in­ap­pro­pri­ate comments to her when she was a teenager on the WTA Tour.

The 54-year-old said that Nas­tase of­ten asked her if she was a vir­gin.

“When­ever I saw him at any tour­na­ment he would ask me the same ques­tion,” she said. “This man has not been re­spect­ful of women for a long, long time.”

“When I got older, per­haps 20, and he asked me for about the 30th time, I said, ‘would you please stop ask­ing me that?’,” said Shriver.

“Sort of to his credit, he never asked me again. I set a firm boundary and he stopped.”

On Satur­day, with Jo­hanna Konta lead­ing So­rana Cirstea 6-2 1-2 in the sec­ond rub­ber of the tie, Nas­tase be­came em­broiled in a row af­ter Keothavong com­plained about noise from the crowd.

The 70-year-old for­mer world num­ber one was heard to say to um­pire Jaume Camp­is­tol: “What’s your f***ing prob­lem?” He then called Keothavong and Konta “f***ing bitches”.

Nas­tase was sent off the court by tie ref­eree Andreas Egli, who he called a “f***ing a***hole”, and was even­tu­ally es­corted out of the venue by se­cu­rity.

Shriver thinks Nas­tase’s coach­ing ca­reer is over, say­ing: “You want the pun­ish­ment to match the crime and he be­haved re­ally badly.”

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