Monday 18 December 2017

Wimbledon to serve up Royal Box ban for Nastase


Two-time Wimbledon finalist Ilie Nastase. Photo: Getty Images
Two-time Wimbledon finalist Ilie Nastase. Photo: Getty Images

Ilie Nastase is set to be banned from Wimbledon's Royal Box over his sexist tirades which marred Great Britain's Fed Cup defeat in Constanta at the weekend.

Two-time finalist Nastase is a regular at the Championships and was spotted in the prestigious seating area in 2015 wearing a Romanian military-style uniform.

The All England Club has stopped short of black-listing Nastase but it is inconceivable he would be welcomed back to SW19 after his rant which saw him thrown out of the arena where the Fed Cup tie was taking place and has earned him a provisional suspension from the International Tennis Federation.

An All England Club spokesman said: "Invitations to the Royal Box are at the discretion of the chairman and committee of management who will take into account a range of factors, including any suspensions, when determining the guest list for the Championships."

Nastase was expelled midway through the World Group II play-off match after swearing at officials, plus Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong and world number seven Johanna Konta.

Irish Independent

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