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Sunday Star-Times - - SPORT -

Ten­nis: Banned from ten­nis, Ilie Nas­tase is tak­ing on a new role as a diplo­mat for the Czech Repub­lic. The Ro­ma­nian has been banned by the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITF) for two years be­cause of his foul­mouthed com­ments and bad be­hav­iour as Ro­ma­nia’s Fed Cup cap­tain. But af­ter a meet­ing yes­ter­day, Czech for­eign min­is­ter Lubomir Zao­ralek said Nas­tase agreed to be­come the coun­try’s new hon­orary con­sul in Ro­ma­nia. He will be based in the Black Sea port of Con­stanta. "It’s a great hon­our," Nas­tase said. ‘‘My coun­try didn’t give me this chance but you gave me this chance and I ap­pre­ci­ate it.’’

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