London | Nastase gets suspension reduced
An independent tribunal last Wednesday has reduced Ilie Nastase’s suspension for racist and aggressive behaviour before and during last year’s Fed Cup tie between Romania and Great Britain but has had his fine increased.
The 71-year old former world No. 1 appealed after the International Tennis Federation (ITF) suspended him from all official involvement in either the Fed Cup or Davis Cup until the end of 2020 and from attending any matches in either event until the end of this year.
He was banned from acting in an official capacity at ITF team competitions until Dec. 31, 2020, and from attending them until Dec. 31, 2018, – both dates have been reduced by eight months hile his fine was increased from $10,000 to $20,000.
On April 22 last year, Nastase, the captain of the Romanian team, insulted a journalist, the British No.1 Jo Konta and the umpire as well as the match referee. He also harassed British captain Anne Keothavong before the tie and insulted her during it.
In the press conference the day before the tie in Constanta, Romania, he also made racist remarks about Serena Williams’s unborn baby asking: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?”
Nastase later apologised but said the media had “exaggerated.”
The organisers of Wimbledon, where Nastase appeared twice in the men’s singles final, and Roland Garros, where he is a former champion, have made it clear he would be unwelcome in the future.