Friday 28 July 2017

Nastase banned after tennis tirade

Britain’s head coach Anne Keothavong gestures towards Romania’s head coach Ilie Nastase during the incident. Photo: REUTERS
Britain’s head coach Anne Keothavong gestures towards Romania’s head coach Ilie Nastase during the incident. Photo: REUTERS

Jonathan Gray

Ilie Nastase, the captain of Romania's Fed Cup team, has been suspended from the competition for abusing players and the umpire during a playoff match against Britain.

The International Tennis Federation, which organises the Fed Cup, said yesterday that Nastase "may not participate in the Fed Cup in any capacity with immediate effect".

The 70-year-old Nastase was heard hurling expletives at British player Johanna Konta and captain Anne Keothavong - whom he called "f*****g bitches" - and the umpire during Konta's match against Romania's Sorana Cirstea on Saturday. Nastase was sent off the court by the referee and, after taking a seat in the stands, was then sent to the locker room.

Nastase, a former world No 1 in the 1970s, also hurled insults at a journalist on Saturday, a day after apparently making racially offensive comments about Serena Williams' pregnancy. ITF president David Haggerty condemned Nastase for his "unacceptable behaviour".

British player Johanna Konta was left in tears. Photo: REUTERS
British player Johanna Konta was left in tears. Photo: REUTERS

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