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Ilie Nastase has tennis bans reduced on appeal

The International Tennis Federation suspended the 71-year-old Ilie Nastase from Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019 and from working in an official capacity in the sport until 2021.

tennis Updated: Feb 07, 2018 20:19 IST
On Wednesday, Ilie Nastase had two tennis bans reduced following his appeal against sanctions handed out for foul-mouthed comments and bad behaviour as Romania's Fed Cup captain last year.
On Wednesday, Ilie Nastase had two tennis bans reduced following his appeal against sanctions handed out for foul-mouthed comments and bad behaviour as Romania's Fed Cup captain last year.(AP)

Ilie Nastase had two tennis bans reduced following his appeal against sanctions handed out for foul-mouthed comments and bad behaviour as Romania’s Fed Cup captain last year.

The International Tennis Federation suspended the 71-year-old Nastase from the Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019 and from working in an official capacity in the sport until 2021.

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Both bans were reduced by eight months by an independent tribunal on Wednesday. His fine was doubled, though, to $20,000.

Nastase, the 1973 French Open champion, had speculated about the skin colour of the then-unborn baby of Serena Williams during Romania’s Fed Cup match against Britain in April.

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In a statement released in Bucharest, Nastase said he welcomed the court’s “conclusion that I am not a racist, nor that I had any racist intentions when I made the remark in relation to Ms Serena Williams’ child.”

He also hurled abuse at British player Johanna Konta and the umpire during a match, and made “unwelcome advances of a sexual nature” toward Britain captain Anne Keothavong.

Nastase added that, “While I have learned my lesson from this experience, I also hope that now they (the ITF) will realize that their treatment toward me was exaggerated.”

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He said he would comply with tribunal’s decision and not attend Romanian Fed Cup matches this weekend against Canada.