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ILIE "NASTY" NăSTASE (Romanian pronunciation: ( listen ), born 19 July 1946) is a Romanian former world No. 1 professional tennis player , one of the world's top players of the 1970s. He was ranked world no. 1 from 23 August 1973 to 2 June 1974.

Năstase is one of the ten players in history who have won more than 100 ATP professional titles (68 singles and 45 in doubles). He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame
in 1991. Năstase won seven Grand Slam titles: two in singles, three in men's doubles and two in mixed doubles. He also won four Masters Grand Prix year-end championship titles and seven Championship Series titles (1970–73), the precursors to the current Masters 1000 .

Năstase wrote several novels in French in the 1980s.

He is the first male player to have won a French Open
French Open
title without dropping a set (1973).

CONTENTS

* 1 Career * 2 Controversy * 3 Playing style * 4 Athletic distinctions * 5 Awards and accolades * 6 Political career * 7 Personal life

* 8 Career statistics

* 8.1 Singles performance timeline * 8.2 Records

* 9 See also * 10 References * 11 Further reading * 12 External links

CAREER

Năstase playing a Davis Cup
Davis Cup
match against the Netherlands in The Hague (1973) Năstase on a 2004 Romanian stamp

At the beginning of his career in 1966, Năstase travelled around the world competing with his good friend Ion Țiriac
Ion Țiriac
. Together, they represented Romania
Romania
in the Davis Cup
Davis Cup
competition, being three times runners up: in 1969 , 1971 , and 1972 .

In singles, Năstase won his first tournament at Cannes
Cannes
on 16 April 1967. His first victories against top players happened in 1969 in Stockholm, where he defeated Tony Roche
Tony Roche
and Stan Smith
Stan Smith
.

Năstase became one of the best players in 1970, with many experts ranking him as the sixth-best player in the world at that time, behind the Australians Rod Laver
Rod Laver
, Ken Rosewall
Ken Rosewall
, John Newcombe
John Newcombe
, and Roche and the American Arthur Ashe
Arthur Ashe
. Năstase's high ranking resulted from his success at the Italian Open in Rome and at the U.S. Indoor Open in Salisbury, Maryland
Salisbury, Maryland
. With Tiriac, Năstase won the men's doubles title at the French Open.

In 1971, Năstase was the runner-up at the French Open, where he lost the final in four sets to Jan Kodeš . In December, Năstase won his first Masters Grand Prix title.

In 1972, he became the no. 2 in the world, owing to his winning the US Open in a five-set final over Arthur Ashe
Arthur Ashe
. This tournament was the only event of the year in which all the best players participated. Two months before at Wimbledon , Năstase narrowly lost to Stan Smith
Stan Smith
in an epic five-set final, one of the most exciting championship matches there. Although Smith took the title, public sympathy lay with the volatile Romanian.

In the Davis Cup, Năstase was undefeated in singles until losing to Stan Smith
Stan Smith
in the final played on clay in his native Bucharest
Bucharest
. In December at the year-end tour finals, Năstase took revenge against Smith, winning his second consecutive Masters Grand Prix title.

In 1973, he was in sensational form. By winning 17 tournaments, including the French Open, a doubles title at Wimbledon, and a third Masters title, Năstase was the undisputed world No.1 that year. In the Davis Cup, he won seven of eight singles rubbers, including a victory over Tom Okker
Tom Okker
, the "Flying Dutchman." In matches against the other top players, Năstase was 1–0 against Newcombe and 1–1 against Smith. The Romanian won the French Open
French Open
without dropping a set (a feat repeated by Björn Borg in 1978 and 1980 and by Rafael Nadal in 2008, 2010 and 2017), and he won the French Open
French Open
(clay), Rome (clay) and Queen's Club (grass) in succession, a feat never repeated in the open era, though Borg won Rome, the French Open, and Wimbledon in succession in 1978, and Nadal won the French Open, Queen's Club, and Wimbledon in succession in 2008. Năstase was seeded no.2 for Wimbledon 1973, behind the defending champion Stan Smith. When the newly formed ATP withdrew its players from the tournament following the suspension by the ITF of Yugoslav Nikola Pilić
Nikola Pilić
, only tree ATP players (Năstase, Roger Taylor and Ray Keldie ) defied the boycott and were fined by the ATP's disciplinary committee. Nastase was promoted to no.1 seed for the players in the subsequently weakened field and publicly stated his support for the ATP action but insisted that as a serving Captain, he was under orders from the Romanian army and government to compete and thus could not boycott the tournament. Some contemporary press speculation and later biographies have suggested Năstase contrived to lose his fourth round match to American Sandy Mayer , but to have lost any earlier to a considerably less able player would have been too obvious. Năstase has never publicly commented on this speculation.

In 1974, he was the only player to qualify for both the WCT Finals and the Masters Grand Prix finals. As usual, Năstase played well in the Masters, in particular against Newcombe in the semifinals. (Năstase finished his career with a 4–1 record versus Newcombe, losing only their first match in 1969.) The Romanian, however, lost the final to Guillermo Vilas in five sets.

For the fifth consecutive year, Năstase reached the Masters Grand Prix Final in 1975, where he defeated Björn Borg , 6–2, 6–2, 6–1.

During the first half of 1976, Năstase won four tournaments (Atlanta WCT, Avis Challenge Cup WCT, US Open Indoor, and La Costa), and head-to-head, he led Connors 2–1, Vilas 1–0, Ashe 1–0, and Borg 2–0. Năstase did not enter the Australian Open, which was again avoided by most of the top players. Năstase was prevented from entering the French Open
French Open
because he participated in World Team Tennis . In the second half of the year, Nastase lost to Borg in the men's singles final of Wimbledon and in the semifinals of the US Open. Năstase won three other tournaments during the second half of the year, the Pepsi Grand Slam, South Orange, and the four-man tournament of Caracas, Venezuela
Venezuela
, in October (not to be confused with the Caracas WCT tournament in March), making seven tournament championships for the year. Năstase was the world No. 3, behind Connors and Borg.

In 1977, Năstase finished no. 9 in the ATP rankings. He was a quarterfinalist at the French Open
French Open
and at Wimbledon (losing to Borg), and participated in the WCT Finals. It was during his quarterfinal match at Wimbledon that Năstase had a memorable row with umpire Jeremy Shales . Shales called him "Năstase" when asking him to move to the advantage court , "like a master speaks to a naughty schoolboy." (Năstase has also said Shales asked him to pick up a piece of paper that had blown onto the court, saying, "Năstase, pick up that paper." ) Năstase angrily replied, "You call me Mr. Năstase!". Since this incident umpires have always used a courtesy title when addressing the players directly. Mr. Nastase later became the title of his autobiography.

Năstase was still one of the 20 best players in 1978. At Wimbledon, he again reached the quarterfinals, losing to Okker after defeating Roscoe Tanner .

During the remainder of his career, Năstase steadily declined and only occasionally defeated a good player, such as Johan Kriek in the third round of the 1982 US Open. Năstase retired from the tour in October 1985 at the age of 39 after playing in the tournament in Toulouse
Toulouse
, although he did play the challenger tournament at Dijon in June 1988.

CONTROVERSY

In 1977, Năstase used a 'spaghetti string ' (double-strung) racquet to end Guillermo Vilas 's 46 match winning streak. The racquet was known for creating large amounts of top spin and unpredictable bounces. Vilas considered quitting the match in protest of the racquet. A few days later, the ATP banned the use of such racquets.

During the US Open in 1979, Năstase was defaulted from his match against John McEnroe . The umpire had previously docked Năstase a point in third set and then a game in the fourth for arguing and stalling. A near riot followed as the crowd disagreed with the umpire's decision, by throwing beer cans and cups on court. The match was eventually restarted with the umpire being replaced before McEnroe ran out the winner.

In 1994 Năstase, Davis Cup
Davis Cup
captain of his country, was banned for an away match against Great Britain, following his conduct in a tie against South Africa.

In 2017, while captaining his country's Fed Cup team against Great Britain, Năstase was overheard commenting about Serena Williams
Serena Williams
' unborn child and asked Britain's Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong
Anne Keothavong
for her room number. Năstase had previously made unfounded comments about Williams allegedly doping. Before the Great Britain and Romania
Romania
began their two-day World Group play-off, Năstase had allegedly stormed in to the media centre to confront British journalists over the reporting of his comments the previous day. Năstase could only find Press Association tennis correspondent Eleanor Crook before launching into a tirade about the reporting. During the second rubber he was ejected from the stadium for unsportsmanlike conduct. In a statement the International Tennis Federation
International Tennis Federation
(ITF) additionally confirmed that Năstase had his accreditation removed and would take no further part in the tie. The next day the ITF provisionally suspended Năstase under the Fed Cup Regulations for a breach of the Fed Cup Welfare Policy; meaning that he was banned from the site of any ITF event. When Năstase was ejected from the stadium he met Crook again and, separated by a large number of security guards, verbally attacked her. The next day, despite being banned from the venue, Năstase reappeared and went to have lunch in the onsite restaurant. He additionally sent flowers to the British team. On the 21st of July 2017 he was suspended by the ITF until 2021.

Williams released a statement on social media branding the comments about her unborn child as racist, noting that it saddened her that we live in a society where these comments can be made. Năstase then apologised on social media regarding the comments he made about Williams, but made comments about Konta speaking to the umpire which upset him. In a further interview with the BBC, Năstase justified his comments to Konta stating that he only abused her after being ejected from the court and did so as a fan rather than a captain. Năstase additionally added that he regretted his behaviour in the incident. Nastase was not invited to the French Open
French Open
and Wimbledon following his suspension. The Madrid Open however invited Nastase to be part of the prize giving ceremony, which ironically was won by Halep (another Romanian player). This was a move that was deemed irresponsible by the WTA who had revoked Nastase's privileges while the ITF carried out its investigation.

Further allegations of sexism from Năstase then came to light. Pam Shriver said that Năstase would frequently in a joking manner ask if she was still a virgin. After about thirty occasions of this happening Shriver asked him to stop saying that, which he did. Dominique Monami , captain of the Belgium team, then mentioned that Năstase had abused her in the round prior to the match with Great Britain. Monami later added that Năstase was abusive for two games during the Elise Mertens and Irina-Camelia Begu
Irina-Camelia Begu
match.

PLAYING STYLE

Considered one of the most gifted tennis players in history , Ilie Năstase was noted both for his sorcery with the racket and his ability to entertain, amusing spectators with his antics and mimicry. Even during a crucial phase of a match, he was likely to do something bizarre that would entertain the crowd. Nicknamed the "Bucharest Buffoon", Năstase could master all the shots, playing either baseline or serve-and-volley.

One of the fastest players, he is remembered for his magnificent lobs and retrieves. Năstase could apply a discomforting spin to his shots, being an expert at putting the ball just beyond an opponent's reach. His greatest weakness was a fragile nervous system and erratic temperament, but when he maintained his concentration during a match, he could conjure up the most devastating tennis, being regarded as a tennis magician or an artist creating with great originality and panache.

Năstase pioneered a distinctive tennis shot , a backward, over-the-shoulder wrist-flick useful as a last resort in recovering lobs . Tennis writer Bud Collins
Bud Collins
dubbed the shot the "Bucharest Backfire " after Năstase.

According to The Independent
The Independent
, Năstase is best remembered for being one of the best players never to win the singles title at Wimbledon, for his tantrums, and his good looks.

ATHLETIC DISTINCTIONS

* Năstase won the Tennis Masters Cup tournament (today ATP World Tour Finals ) four times, in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1975. Only Roger Federer (6 times), Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
, Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl
and Novak Djokovic (5 times) succeeded to win more. * He is one of the five tennis players (third place) in the world who won more than 100 pro titles (57 singles and 45 doubles) according to the Association of Tennis Professionals
Association of Tennis Professionals
(ATP) website, though there are many titles that are not included in the ATP statistics. (see Career statistics section). * Năstase was the first professional sports figure to sign an endorsement contract with Adidas in 1972.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

* Năstase was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991. * In 2005, TENNIS Magazine put Năstase in the 28th place in its list of 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era . * In March 2009 Ilie Năstase
Ilie Năstase
was made a knight of the France's Legion d\'honneur , being acclaimed for his "impressive sporting career" and "the sense of spectacle" he created when playing. * On 19 July 2016, his 70th birthday, Năstase received the Star of Romania
Romania
, his country's highest civil award, for services to sport.

POLITICAL CAREER

He holds the rank of Major General in the Romanian military.

He entered politics in the 1990s, making an unsuccessful run for mayor of Bucharest
Bucharest
in 1996. Elected to the Romanian Senate for a Bucharest
Bucharest
seat in 2012 , he initially sat for the Conservative Party , switching to the National Union for the Progress of Romania
Romania
in July 2015, after the former party ceased to exist.

PERSONAL LIFE

Năstase has been married four times: his first wife was Dominique Grazia, a Belgian fashion model, whom he married at the age of 26, and with whom he has a daughter, Nathalie. They were married for ten years. His second wife was American actress Alexandra King, whom he married in 1984 and with whom he adopted two children, Nicholas and Charlotte. His third wife was Romanian fashion model Amalia Teodosescu, whom he married in 2004. They have two children, Alessia and Emma Alexandra. After they split up in 2010, he married Romanian fashion model Brigitte Sfăt in 2013.

Maxim has placed Năstase at number 6 on its top ten "Living Sex Legends" list, as he is reputed to have slept with over 2500 women. Năstase's own guess, which was at 800–900 women, was too low for the writer of his biography who wanted a larger number, to improve his reputation, as it evidently did. After hearing this, his third wife, Amalia, said that she was happy to have conquered such a man. Năstase met Amalia at a Sting concert and married her in a Greek Orthodox ceremony on 5 June 2004 followed by a Civil ceremony in July of the same year. They divorced in February 2010, after six years of marriage.

As he played for the Army's sports club Steaua , he was an employee of the Ministry of Defence .. He was granted the rank of retired Major General .

CAREER STATISTICS

Main article: Ilie Năstase career statistics

SINGLES PERFORMANCE TIMELINE

KEY W F SF QF #R RR Q# A NH

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held.

Qualifying matches and Walkovers are neither official match wins nor losses.

TOURNAMENT 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 SR W–L WIN %

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

1R

0 / 1 0–1 0.00

FRENCH OPEN

2R 1R QF F 1R W QF 3R

QF

1R

3R 2R 3R 1R

1 / 14 33–13 71.74

WIMBLEDON

3R 4R 2R F 4R 4R 2R F QF QF

3R 1R 1R

0 / 13 35–13 72.92

US OPEN

4R

3R W 2R 3R QF SF 2R

2R 2R 1R 4R 1R 1R 1R 1 / 15 29–14 67.44

WIN–LOSS 0–0 0–0 1–1 5–3 7–2 9–3 13–2 11–2 9–3 7–3 10–2 9–3 4–1 1–2 3–2 2–4 4–3 2–2 0–2 0–1 2 / 42 97–41 70.29

THE MASTERS

W W W F W

4 / 5 22–3 88.00

Davis Cup
Davis Cup
P P P F P F F SF QF P P QF

P QF

1R 2R 1R

0 / 17 74–22 77.08

TOURNAMENTS 0 0 2 11 11 19 32 29 27 25 23 20 22 21 19 26 24 11 12 4 338

TITLES–FINALS 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–3 7–11 12–16 15–18 6–11 5–9 6–13 3–5 2–5 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 *59 / 96 *59–37 61.46

OVERALL WIN–LOSS 0–2 2–2 9–2 24–13 40–13 76–12 120–20 114–17 77–21 91–21 76–13 48–19 48–21 30–23 22–25 22–26 15–25 8–13 4–14 1–4 827/1133 **827–306 72.99

YEAR END RANKING – – – – – – – 1 10 7 3 9 16 49 79 79 79 118 202 431 $2,076,761

* * including 57 pre-ATP and ATP titles * ** including 749 – 287 (overall – 1036) listed by the ATP

RECORDS

* These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.

Championship Years Record accomplished Player tied

Masters Grand Prix 1971–1975 88.00% (22–3) match winning percentage STANDS ALONE

Grand Prix Tour 1968–1985 42 five set match wins STANDS ALONE

SEE ALSO

* Tennis portal

* Tennis male players statistics

REFERENCES

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Serena Williams
brands Ilie Nastase comments \'racist\'". * ^ "Ilie Nastase apologises for Fed Cup behaviour but can\'t resist dig at Johanna Konta". * ^ "Ilie Nastase: Romania\'s Fed Cup captain to quit game if punished by ITF". 28 April 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk. * ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/ilie-nastase-banned-french-open-wimbledon-royal-box-a7721756.html * ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-14/ilie-nastase-cast-a-shadow-on-madrid-open-final-wta/8525316 * ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/sports/tennis/rafael-nadal-defeats-novak-djokovic-to-reach-madrid-open-final.html?_r=0 * ^ "Exclusive: Ilie Nastase accused of earlier case of sexism by Belgian Fed Cup captain Dominique Monami". * ^ "Ilie Nastase\'s previous Fed Cup misconduct laid bare by Belgian captain - \'he called me a big bitch\'". * ^ Ilie Nastase: Bucharest
Bucharest
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Roger Federer
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The Atlantic
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Romania
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Miami Herald
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Bucharest
CityHall". The New York Times. * ^ (in Romanian) Parliamentary profile * ^ "LE-A IUBIT ȘI LE-A FERICIT! ELE AU FOST MIRESELE LUI ILIE NĂSTASE!" (in Romanian). Retrieved 9 March 2014. * ^ " Ilie Năstase
Ilie Năstase
și Brigitte Sfăt s-au casatorit. Țiriac: Spune ce vrei, dar să nu mă chemi la divorț, pentru că nu vin !" (in Romanian). Retrieved 9 March 2014. * ^ "Sheen Only No. 2 on \'Living Sex Legends\' List". Zap2it.com. 30 May 2006. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010. * ^ "Michael Palin meets Ilie Nastase " o\'connors o\'pinions". Seahorse-design.com. Retrieved 17 September 2010. * ^ Alastair McKay (1 February 2006) Ilie Nastase, the Romanian George Best, based on an Interview with Ilie Năstase
Ilie Năstase
during the 2004 promotional tour for his autobiography. * ^ "Wimbledon Diary: Nastase dictates his own style". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-07-03. * ^ "Tournament History". Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Retrieved 20 February 2012.

FURTHER READING

* Mr Nastase: The Autobiography. HarperCollins UK. 2005. ISBN 0-00-717839-5 . * Evans, Richard I. (1978). Nastase. Henley-on-Thames: A. Ellis. ISBN 0-85628-058-5 .

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