Ilie Nastase

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Ilie Nastase
Ilie Năstase
Ilie Năstase in 2009
Country (sports) Romania
Lives Where Constanța
Birthday/Birthplace (1946-07-19) 19 July 1946
Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 1968
Retired 1985
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 2,076,761
Int. Tennis HoF 1991 (member page)
Career record 930-354 (72.4%) (pre Open-Era & Open Era
Career titles 68 (pre Open-Era & Open Era
Highest ranking No. 1 (23 August 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1981)
French Open W (1973)
Wimbledon F (1972, 1976)
US Open W (1972)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (1971, 1972, 1973, 1975)
WCT Finals QF (1974, 1977, 1978)
Career record 479–208
Career titles 45 (ATP listed)
Highest ranking No. 10 (30 August 1977)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1970)
Wimbledon W (1973)
US Open W (1975)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1970, 1972)
US Open F (1972)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (1969Ch, 1971Ch, 1972)

Ilie Năstase (Bucharest, Romania, July 19, 1946) is a former Romanian tennis player who had his splendor in the 1970s. Remembered through the ages for his talented and colorful play as per his objectionable behavior on several occasions within the field of play. It was the first № 1 in the world since the appearance of the computerized rankings and won two Grand Slam titles.

Ilie Nastase’s Biography

Born on 19 July 1946 in Bucharest, Năstase was the first Romanian to stand out in world tennis and was the main reason why Romania reached three Davis Cup finals: 1969, 1971 and 1972. After having participated for eighteen years in the Davis Cup, Năstase had participated in 146 games during 52 qualifiers.

He became known in 1966 when, together with his mentor Ion Tiriac, they reached the doubles final of the French Open in which they lost to Clark Graebner and Dennis Ralston.

His first important title came in the tournament in Rome in 1970 where he beat Czechoslovakian Jan Kodeš in the final, later winner of the French Open. His skill with the racket made him a versatile player who could stand out on any surface. He was an expert in putting the ball out of reach of the opponent, with precise backdrops, an excellent return of service, exquisite lobs, a serve with many variants and very effective, and colorful volleys. It could adapt to the game of serve and network when it played in fields of grass and to the bottom game in fields slower. However, his fragile temperament, they lost concentration in many moments and deflated his game. Known for his good humor on the court and a reputation for his dishonest ways to get advantages in the game, he earned the nickname of “Nasty” (dirty) or the best known “Bufón de Bucarest”. In his career he suffered innumerable fines, disqualifications and suspensions, in a sport accustomed to good manners and chivalry.

His first Grand Slam final was reached in 1971, when he lost to Jan Kodeš, a much less talented player but very fighter on the track, who did not give up. Kodeš won in four sets, by 8-6 6-2 2-6 7-5.

His brightest moments took place in the Masters tournaments, in which the best players participated throughout a whole year. Năstase managed to reach 5 finals in this type of tournament winning four of them. The first was in 1971, where he won in the six matches played on the synthetic track in Paris.

In 1972 he had his biggest disappointment in losing the Wimbledon final when Stan Smith defeated him in five tight sets, in one of the most exciting Wimbledon finals in history. Months later he had his great consolation in winning the US Open in five sets against Arthur Ashe after being 2-4 and serving for Ashe in the fourth set. This was his only important title on turf in his career. At the end of the year he achieved his second consecutive Masters by beating Smith in the final in Barcelona.

1973 was his great year. He won fifteen singles titles, exceeding twelve the previous year, and eight doubles. In his second final in the Roland Garros Tournament he beat the Yugoslavian Nikola Pilić in three sets and defeated Tom Okker in the Masters final in Boston 6-3 7-5 4-6 6-3. That year was established as # 1 in the world, in the first year of computerized rankings.

The subsequent years were fruitful in terms of titles, but perhaps none of the highest hierarchy. The only major tournament in the following years was the Stockholm Masters in 1975 in which he defeated the local Björn Borg in the final in a brilliant final with an inspired Nastase. In 1974 he lost his only Masters final against Argentine Guillermo Vilas on the turf of Melbourne. In 1976 he won his second Wimbledon final but lost to Borg, which was the first of five consecutive titles on the British turf for the Swede. In that tournament Năstase had proposed not to get angry or get out of control to get the title and it was an excellent version of the player, but could not in the final against the expertise of Ice Man.

For some years he refused to join the ATP, preferring to play a parallel tour organized by his manager Bill Riordan.

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