Nastase banned by ITF after Fed Cup row

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Ilie Nastase has been banned from official roles until 2021 by the International Tennis Federation.

The Romania captain has been sanctioned over his behaviour at a Fed Cup tie in Bucharest in April which left British number one Johanna Konta in tears.

Nastase swore at an umpire, insulted Konta, her captain Anne Keothavong and a journalist who reported his comments on Serena Williams’ unborn child.

He will not be accredited for ITF events until 2019.

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Grand Slam tournaments are not included within the sanction, as they lie outside the jurisdiction of the ITF.

Nastase has also been fined $10,000 (£7,700).

During the Fed Cup in April, Romanian player Simona Halep was answering a question in English about former world number one Williams and her pregnancy. The 70-year-old then turned to one of his other team members and added in Romanian: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?”

Nastase also put his arm tightly around Keothavong and asked for her room number, in earshot of the watching media.

The following day before play had even started, Nastase insulted a British journalist over their reporting of his comments about Williams, calling the Press Association’s tennis correspondent Eleanor Crooks “stupid”.

Later, after Konta and Keothavong complained of calling out from the crowd in the World Group II play-off tie in Constanta, Nastase was involved in a discussion with officials in which he used foul and abusive language.

He then called both Konta and Keothavong “a bitch” multiple times, as well as swearing at them.

More to follow.


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