Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Nastase gets three-year ban for abusive behaviour

Nastase gets three-year ban for abusive behaviour

The ITF's punishment comes after Nastase's disgraceful behaviour in April that saw him allegedly call the tie referee a "f***** a href="" class="local_link" *Johanna Konta a "f****** bitch".

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today banned Romanian former world No -1 tennis player Ilie Nastase over derogatory comments about Serena Williams and his Federation Cup tirade.

He will also be denied access to all ITF competitions until December 21, 2018, with the Nastase not permitted accreditation during this period.

Nastase also launched an angry outburst at British journalist Eleanor Crooks over the publication of his remarks about Williams' baby. There was no immediate comment from Nastase.

Nastase, victor of the French Open in 1973, has also been fined $10,000 (£7,600/€8,600).

"Mr Nastase made a comment about Serena Williams's unborn child that was highly inappropriate and racially insensitive in breach of the Introduction to the Welfare Policy, and Article a.v.b".

Although he will have to sit out ITF events, the ban does not apply to Grand Slam, ATP or WTA tournaments, which are not under the governing body's jurisdiction. "Chocolate with milk?" the former French Open and U.S. Open champion was quoted as saying.

He previously acknowledged making mistakes and having shortcomings, but stressed 'the cause I fight for is tennis, the sport I really love, which I can not separate from my life'.

Subsequently, he also hurled abuse at British player Johanna Konta, Keothavong and the umpire, resulting in Konta?s match to be briefly suspended as she left the court in tears.

The Romanian has been sanctioned following a series of controversial incidents during a Fed Cup tie with Great Britain in April.

However, he was banned from the Royal Box at Wimbledon next year and US, Australian and French Open organisers are expected to follow suit.

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