The Mercury

Nastase panned


MADRID: The head of women’s tennis has condemned Madrid Open organisers for allowing controvers­ial Romanian Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase to take part in the trophy presentati­on ceremony following Saturday’s final. The 70-year-old is under investigat­ion by the Internatio­nal Tennis Federation (ITF) following last month’s Fed Cup tie with Britain, where he swore at members of the opposing team and made a derogatory remark about Serena Williams’ unborn child. “It was an exciting final match and I heartily congratula­te Simona and Kristina for their outstandin­g display of tennis,” Women’s Tennis Associatio­n (WTA) CEO Steve Simon said in a statement. “The only shadow cast on the day was Mr Nastase.” – Reuters

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