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Ilie Nastase to be denied accreditation for French Open

Ilie Nastase is provisionally banned from all International Tennis Federation (ITF) events after making allegedly racist and sexist comments during Romania’s Fed Cup tie against Britain last month.

tennis Updated: May 07, 2017 01:00 IST
Romanian Ilie Nastase is a former World No.1 tennis player who won 2 Grand Slam titles including the French Open and US Open.
Romanian Ilie Nastase is a former World No.1 tennis player who won 2 Grand Slam titles including the French Open and US Open.(Reuters)

Former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase will not be given accreditation for this year’s French Open, organisers said on Saturday.

The 70-year-old is provisionally banned from all International Tennis Federation (ITF) events after making allegedly racist and sexist comments during Romania’s Fed Cup tie against Britain last month.

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“Following the decision of his suspension by the @ITF_Tennis, Mr. Ilie Nastase won’t be accredited for #RG17,” French Open organisers said on Twitter.

Nastase, who courted controversy throughout his career during which he won the U.S. and French Opens, is also not welcome at this year’s Wimbledon championships.

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Romania’s Fed Cup captain was booted out of the tie against Britain last month for “unsportsmanlike” behaviour.

The singles rubber between Britain’s Johanna Konta and Sorana Cirstea was briefly suspended after remarks made by Nastase to Konta and British team captain Anne Keothavong.

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Nastase had already run into trouble during the World Group playoff tie in Constanta after making a derogatory comment about the unborn child of American Serena Williams, the 23-times Grand Slam singles champion.