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Published June 22, 2015

zzWeek of June 15-21, 2015  

Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

AEGON Classic Birmingham
June 15-21, 2015
Birmingham, Great Britain
Defending Isingles Ichampion:
Ana Ivanovic
(SRB)
Tier: Premier
IPrize Money: I$665,900

ISurface:
Grass

SINGLES

(6) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d vKristina Mladenovic (FRA)
6-2, 7-6(6)

(4) Angelique Kerber (GER)
d (8) Sabine Lisicki (GER)
6-3, 6-3

(4) Angelique Kerber
(GER) d (6) Karolina
Pliskova (CZE) 6-3, 7-6(4)

 
ITourn. Director vPatrick
Hughesman
 Draw:
S-64 D-32

DOUBLES

Muguruza (ESP) / Suarez
Navarro (ESP) d Chan (TPE)
v/ Zheng (CHN) 7-5, 6-3

Hlavackova (CZE) /
Hradecka (CZE) d Krajicek
(NED) / Strycova (CZE) 6-2,
6-2

Muguruza (ESP) / Suarez
Navarro (ESP) d
Hlavackova (CZE) /
Hradecka (CZE) 6-4, 6-4
IMuguruza (ESP) /
Suarez Navarro (ESP)

WTA Tour
   

Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

AEGON Champion- ships Queens Club
June 15-21, 2015
London, Great Britain
Defending Isingles Ichampion:
Grigor Dimitrov
v(BUL)
Tier: 500
IPrize Money:
€1,574,640
/ W0.000
I
Surface:
Grass

SINGLES

(1) Andy Murray (GBR) d
Viktor Troicki (SRB) 6-3,
7-6(4)

Kevin Anderson (RSA) d (7)
Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-3,
6-7(6), 6-3

(1) Andy Murray (GBR) d
Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-3, v6-4

ITourn. Director I Stephen vFarrow  Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES

(4) Herbert (FRA) / Mahut
(FRA) d (1) Peya (AUT) /
Soares (BRA) 6-3, 7-6(6)

(2) Matkowski (POL) /
Zimonjic (SRB) d (3) Nestor
(CAN) / Paes (IND) 6-3,
7-6(8)

(4) Herbert (FRA) / Mahut
(FRA) d (2) Matkowski
(POL) / Zimonjic (SRB)
6-2, 6-2
I (4) Herbert (FRA) /
Mahut (FRA)

ATP Tour
   


Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

Gerry Weber Open
MAY 15-21, 2015
Halle, Germany
IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
Roger Federer
v(SUI)
ITier: 500
IPrize Money: I€ 1574,640
ISurface:
Grass

ISINGLES

(1) Roger Federer (SUI) d Ivo v(8) Karlovic (CRO) 7-6(3),
7-6(4)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d (2)
Kei Nishikori (JPN) 4-1(ret)

(1) Roger Federer (SUI) d
Andreas Seppi (ITA)
7-6(1), 6-4

 
Tourn. Director I Ralph Weber  Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES

Klaasen (RSA) / Ram (USA) d (1) Rojer (NED) / Tecau
(ROU) 7-6(5), 3-6, 11-9

(2) Bopanna (IND) / Mergea (ROU) d Butorac (USA) / Lipsky (USA) 7-6 (10), 4-6, 13-11

IKlaasen (RSA) / Ram (USA) d (1) Rojer (NED) d (2) Bopanna (IND) / Mergea (ROU) 7-6(5), 6-2 IKlaasen (RSA) / Ram
(USA)

ATP Tour
   

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Women's Tour

AEGON Classic Birmingham
Birmingham, Great Britain

SINGLES DRAW- No. 4 seed Angelique Kerber unstoppable in Birmingham final against hard hitting Pliskova


Kerber Photo: ubitennis.com


Pliskova Photo: EuroSport

World no. 10 Angelique Kerber claimed her first ever title on grass as she beat Karolina Pliskova 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(4) in the final of the WTA Aegon Classic in Birmingham. Kerber, who has now won the last three WTA Premier-level titles, took advantage of Pliskova's 42 unforced errors (compared to her own 14) and was able to prevend the Czech from replacing her on the no. 10 spot in the WTA world rankings.

Interesting: No. 4 Bouchard, who dropped out of the Top 10 world ranking last week, crashed out again in her first match. World ranked no. 43 Mladenovic bagled her in the 3rd set and went on into the Quarters where she defeated the no. 1 seed Simona Halep in 2.

  • 1 Simona Halep (ROU) R2: (WC) Naomi Broady (GBR) 6-4, 6-2. R3: (Q) Klara Koukalova (CZE) 6-1, 6-3. Q: Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-7(4), 2-6. Halep out in the Quarters.
  • 2 Ana Ivanovic (SRB) R3: (Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(6). Ivanovic out in R2.
  • 3 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) R2: (Q) Timea Babos (HUN) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. R3: (13) Svetlana Kusnetsova (RUS) 6-3, 6-4. Q: (6) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 2-6, 2-6. Suarez Navarro out in the Quarters.
  • 4 CHAMPION Angelique Kerber (GER) R2: Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. R3: (15)(WC) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-4, 6-2. Q: Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-2, 6-4. S: (8) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 6-3, 6-3. F: (6) Carolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4) Champion
  • 5 (WC) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) R2: Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 3-6, 6-4, 0-6. Bouchard out in R2.
  • 6 FINALIST Carolina Pliskova (CZE) R2: (WC) Johanna Konta (GBR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. R3: Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 6-2, 6-2. Q: (3) Carla Suarez-Navarro (ESP) 6-2, 6-2. S: Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-2, 7-6(6). F: (4) Angelique Kerber (GER) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-7(4).
  • 7 Andrea Petkovic (GER) R2: Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-4, 1-6, 6-7(4). Petkovic out in R2.
  • 8 Sabine Lisicki (GER) R2: Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-1, 7-6(4). R3: Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 7-6(7), 6-4. Q: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 7-6(2), 6-2. S: (4) Angelique Kerber (GER) 3-6, 3-6. Lisicki out in the Semis.
  • 9 Garbine Muguruza (ESP) R1: Magdalens Rybarikova (SVK) 3-6, 1-6. Muguruza out in R1.
  • 10 Barbora Strycova (CZE) R1: Monica Niculescu (ROU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. R2: Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 6-3, 6-4. R3: Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-7(4), 2-6. Strycova out in R3.
  • 11 Alize Cornet (FRA) R1: Christina McHale (USA) 6-4, 2-6, 2-6. Cornet out in R1.
  • 12 Victoria Azarenka (BLR) R1: Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 7-6(7), 6-4. R2: Zarina Diyas (KAZ) wo. Azarenka out in R2.
  • 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) R1: Karin Knapp (ITA) 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2. R2: (Q) Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6-2, 6-1. R3: C arla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 3-6, 4-6. Kuznetsova out in R3.
  • 14 Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) R1: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6-4, 6-7(10), 4-6. Begu out in R1.
  • 15 (WC) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) R1: Tereza Smitkova (CZE) 6-4, 6-4. R2: Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 7-6(11), 6-3. R3: (4) Angelique Kerber (GER) 4-6, 2-6. Jankovic out in R3.
  • 16 Caroline Garcia (FRA) R1: (Q) Tatjana Maria (GER) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(6). R2: Klara Koukalova (CZE) 3-6, 0-6. Garcia out in R2.
  • Best Qualifier: Klara Koukalova (CZE) R3
  • Best WC: (15) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) R3
  • Best Unseeded: Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) Semis

DOUBLES DRAW - Spanish power team Muguruza / Suarez Navarro clinch the doubles title

Final: (4) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) / Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) / Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4
The No.4 seeded Spanish pairing of Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro didn't have to play seeded teams, went through two tough 3-setters in R1 and the Quarters and a 7-5, 6-3 victory against Chan/Zheng in the semis. The unseeded team of Hlavackova/Hradecka took out the no. 3 seeded Americans Kops-Jones/Spears in the quarters and had an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over Krajicek/Strycova in the Semis.

 


Men's Tour

AEGON Championships
The Queen's Club
London, Great Britain

SINGLES DRAW- Andy Murray double header clinched the Championship against South African Kevin Anderson


Murray Photo: Getty Images

Anderson Photo: taddlr.com

No. 1 seed Andy Murray had a rain delayed semifinal against Serb Viktor Troicki, a match that had to be finished Sunday, just a short time before the final. Murray defeated Troicky 6-3, 7-6(4) and still had enough energy to beat Kevin Anderson in the final 6-3, 6-4.

Queens was an interesting tournament this year which saw Rafa Nadal crashing out in the first round to Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov, world rank 79. And so did Lleyton Hewitt, losing in the first round to Kevin Anderson. The South African's incredible winning streak went through Hewitt, no. 2 seed Stan Wawrinka, Garcia-Lopez and Simon.

  • 1 CHAMPION Andy Murray (GBR) R1: (Q) Yen-Hsen Lu (TPE) 6-4, 7-5. R2: Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 7-5, 6-4. Q: Giles Muller (LUX) 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4. S: Viktor Troicki (SRB) 6-3, 7-6(4). F: Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-3, 6-4. Champion.
  • 2 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) R1: Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 6-3, 6-4. R2: Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-7(4), 6-7(11). Wawrinka out in R2.
  • 3 Milos Raonic (CAN) R1: (WC) James Ward (GBR) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. R2: Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1. Q: Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-4, 3-6, 5-7. Raonic out in the Quarters.
  • 4 Marin Cilic (CRO) R1: Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2. R2: Viktor Troicki (SRB) 7-6(8), 2-6, 3-6. Cilic out in R2.
  • 5 Rafa Nadal (ESP) R1: Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 3-6, 7-6(6), 4-6. Nadal out in R1.
  • 6 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) R1: Sam Querrey (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. R2: Gilles Muller (LUX) 4-6, 6-7(5). Dimitrov out in R2.
  • 7 Gilles Simon (FRA) R1: David Goffin (BEL) 6-7(6) 7-5, 6-2. R2: (WC) Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-4, 6-2. Q: Milos Raonic (CAN) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. S: Kevin Anderson (RSA) 3-6, 7-6(6), 3-6. Simon out in the Semis.
  • 8 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) R1: Joao Sousa (POR) 6-3, 6-4. R2: John Isner (USA) 6-7(5), 7-6(9), 6-7(4). Lopez out in R2.
  • FINALIST Kevin Anderson (RSA) R1: Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2. R2: (2) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 7-6(4), 7-6(11). Q: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 7-6(7), 7-5. S: (7) Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3. F: (1) Andy Murray (GBR) 3-6, 4-6.
  • Best Qualifier: No one beyond R1
  • Best WC: Thanasi Kikkinakis (AUS) R2
  • Best Unseeded: Kevin Anderson (RSA) Finalist

DOUBLES DRAW - No. 4 seeded Frenchmen Herbert/Mahut crush no. 2 seeds for the title

Final: (4) Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) d / (2) Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 6-2, 6-1
The Champions from France disposed of Australians Wildcards Hewitt/Kokkinakis 7-5, 6-3 and went on to beat Anderson/Chardy in the double tiebreak Quarters match. In the Semis they roared past the no. 1 seeded Peya/Soares 6-3, 7-6(1). The no. 2 seeded finalists had tough matches, also, like Dimitrov/Wawrinka in R1, Isner/Querrey in the Quarters,and the no. 3 seeded Nestor/Paes in the Semis. The win in London is the first title for Herbert/Mahut.



Men's Tour

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

SINGLES DRAW- Roger Federer claims record 8th title in Halle


Federer Photo: ESPN


Seppi Photo: MOTD

No. 1 seed Roger Federer defeated unseeded Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Sunday to claim a record eighth Gerry Weber Open title in his 10th final at the event. Seppi was in the final after Kei Nishikori withdrew from their semifinal with a calf injury and Gael Monfils pulled out of the quarterfinal with a knee problem. It's Federer's fourth title of the season after wins at Brisbane, Dubai and Istanbul, and a timely boost for Wimbledon eight days before the tournament begins. Halle is second home to Federer. After they named a street close to the stadium Federer Strasse they are contemplating renaming the tournament honoring his legacy.

  • 1 CHAMPION Roger Federer (SUI) R1: Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-6(5). R2: Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 6-3, 7-5. Q: (PR) Florian Mayer (GER) 6-0, 7-6(1). S: (8) Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 7-6(3), 7-6(4). F: Andreas Seppi (ITA) 7-6(1), 6-4. Champion.
  • 2 Kei Nishikori (JPN) R1: Dominic Thiem (AUT) 7-6(4), 7-5. R2: (WC) Dustin Brown (GER) 7-5, 6-1. Q: Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. S: Andreas Seppi (ITA) 1-4(ret) Nishikori out in the Semis.
  • 3 Tomas Berdych (CZE) R1: Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 7-5, 6-3. R2: Borna Coric (CRO) 6-3, 6-2. Q: (8) Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-6(8) 3-6. Berdych out in the Quarters.
  • 4 Gael Monfils (FRA) R1: Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-3, 6-4. R2: Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 7-6(1), 6-4. Q: Andreas Seppi (ITA) 1-6, 0-1(ret). Monfils out in the Quarters.
  • 5 Tommy Robredo (ESP) R1: (Q) Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-4, 7-6(4) 7-6(1). R2: Andreas Seppi (ITA) 2-6, 7-6(6), 3-6. Robredo out in R2.
  • 6 Pablo Cuevas (URU) R1: Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 3-6, 4-6. Cuevas out in R1.
  • 7 Bernard Tomic (AUS) R1: Steve Johnson (USA) 3-6, 6-7(4). Tomic out in R1.
  • 8 Ivo Karlovic (CRO) R1: Santiago Giraldo (COL) 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4. R2: (WC) Alexander Zverev (GER) 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3. Q: Tomas Berdych (CZE) 7-5, 6-7(8), 6-3. S: (1) Roger Federer (SUI) 6-7(3), 6-7(4). Karlovic out in the Semis.
  • FINALIST Andreas Seppi (ITA) R1: (PR) Tommy Haas (GER) 7-5, 6-2. R2: Tommy Robredo (ESP) 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3. Q: (4) Gael Monfils (FRA) 6-1, 1-0(ret). S: (2) Kei Nishikori (JPN) 4-1(ret). F: (1) Roger Federer (SUI) 6-7(1), 4-6
  • Best Qualifier: Alejandro Falla (COL) R2
  • Best WC: Florian Mayer (GER) Quarters
  • Best Unseeded Andreas Seppi (ITA) Finalist

DOUBLES DRAW - Unseeded Klaasen / Ram win title over no. 2 seeds

Final: Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Rajeev Ram (USA) d (2) Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Florin Megea (ROU) 7-6(5), 6-2.
Playing in just their second ATP World Tour event together, Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram dispatched No. 2 seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea 7-6(5), 6-2 in the GERRY WEBER OPEN final. En route to the title they played some tough matches, like Tipsarevic / Tomic in R1, no. 4 seeds Cuevas / Marrero in the Quarters, and the no. 1 seeds Rojer / Tecau in the Semis.

Photos here

WTA Women's Tennis Rankings
as of June 22, 2015

Singles: Bouchard went from 11 to 12 while Pliskova moved up from 12 to 11.
Doubles: Vinci dropped from 8 to 11 while Hlavackova went up from 11 to 9 and Babos went up from 9 to 8.

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

11291
 

1
Mirza, Sania

7940

2
Kvitova, Petra

6870
 

2
Hingis, Martina

7080

3
Halep, Simona

6200
 

3
Makarova, Ekaterina

5990

4
Sharapova, Maria

5950
 

3
Vesnina, Elena

5990

5
Wozniacki, Caroline

5000
 

5
Šafárová, Lucie

5916

6
Šafárová, Lucie

4055
 

6
Mattek-Sands, Beth.

5746

7
Ivanovic, Ana

3895
 

7
Mladenovic, Kristina

5580

8
Makarova, Ekaterina

3575
 

7
Babos, Timea

5010

9
Suárez-Navarro,Carla

3345
 

9
Hlavackova, Andrea

4985

10
Kerber, Angelique

3285
 

10
Black, Cara

4899

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings
as of June 22, 2015

SINGLES: No change in Top 10
DOUBLES: Bolelli dropped out of top 10 and Zimonjic moved up to 10.

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

13845
 

1
Bryan, Bob

11150

2
Federer, Roger

9665
 

1
Bryan, Mike

11150

3
Murray, Andy

7450
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

7710

4
Wawrinka, Stan

5790
 

4
Dodig, Ivan

7125

5
Nishikori, Kei

5660
 

5
Popisil, Vasek

6155

6
Berdych, Tomas

5050
 

6
Sock, Jack

5680

7
Ferrer, David

4490
 

7
Tecau, Horia

5310

8
Raonic, Milos

4440
 

8
Rojer, Jean-Julien

5310

9
Cilic, Marin

3540
 

9
Fognini, Fabio

4735

10
Nadal, Rafael

3135
 

10
Zimonjic, Nenad

4420

 

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AEGON International Eastbourne
June 21- July 27, 2015
Eastbourne, Great Britain

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Premier
Prize Money WTA: $731,000
Surface: Grass
Tournament Director: Gavin Fletcher
Draw: S-64 D-32

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Petra Kvitova (CZE)
2 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
3 Lucie Safarova (CZE)
4 Ekaterina Makarova, RUS
5 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
6 Angelique Kerber (GER)
7 Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
8 Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
9 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
10 Andrea Petkovic (GER)
11 Elina Svitolina (UKR)
12 Madison Keys (USA)
13 Sara Errani (ITA)
14 Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
15 Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
16 Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Plus: Giorgi, Stephens, Cibulkova, Riske, Cornet, Vandeweghe, Vinci, Kuznetsova

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Martina Hingis (SUI) / Sania Mirza (IND)
2 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) / Elena Vesnina (RUS)
3 Timea Babos (HUN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
4 Caroline Garcia (FRA) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)

Plus: Chan / Pennetta, Goerges / Hradecka, Black / Raymond, Kvitova / Wozniacki, Bouchard / Erakovic

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Madison Keys (USA)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) / Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)


 

AEGON Open Nottingham
June 21 - July 28, 2015
Nottingham, Great Britain

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money ATP: €644,065
Surface: Grass
Tournament Director: Paul Hutchins
Draw: S-48 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 David Ferrer (ESP)
2 Gilles Simon (FRA)
3 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
4 Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
5 Pablo Cuevas (URU)
6 Viktor Troicki (SRB)
7 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
8 Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
9 Juan Monaco (ARG)
10 Martin Klizan (SVK)
11 Pablo Andujar (ESP)
12 Sam Querrey (USA)
13 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
14 Joao Sousa (POR)
15 Andreas Seppi (ITA)
16 Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Plus: Baghdatis, Almagro, Johnson, Young, Fritz, Granollers, Pospisil

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Leander Paes (IND)
2 Pablo Cuevas (URU) / David Marrero (ESP
3 Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL)
4 Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Jamie Murray (GBR)

Plus: Bellucci / Melo, Duran / Mayer

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Novak Djokovic (SRB)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) / Jack Sock (USA)


 

Ilie Nastase?

Photos: www.bzi.ro, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Romanian stamp

HISTORY (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

CITIZENSHIP: Romanian
BORN: JULY 19, 1946 (68)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Bucharest, Romania
PLAYED: Right-handed

Shakespeare wrote that “All the world’s a stage.” Ilie Nastase took those words to heart.

The tennis court was Nastase’s stage, and no one entertained fans like the gifted Romanian. Words like magician, wizard and artist were used to describe Nastase’s tennis talents. There wasn’t a shot he couldn’t master in a well-rounded all-court game that was rooted on the baseline when the situation merited or transformed into a spectacular serve-and-volley clinic when that tactic was warranted. Fans were captivated and enthralled by his wit and flamboyance on court. He was loose and funny and amusing and unpredictable. What Meadowlark Lemon was to basketball as the sport’s “Clown Prince,” Ilie Nastase was to tennis, affectionately known as the “Bucharest Buffoon.”

Nastase’s antics often took away from his exceptional tennis aptitude. He had an erratic temperament, his behavior bordering on objectionable. Controversy didn’t find him, Ilie Nastase found controversy and it often put him at distinct odds with linesmen and umpires. In some cases, Nastase would humorously protest line calls playfully, like rubbing out the ball mark on clay courts with the toe of his tennis shoe. In other cases, his questioning of a ruling wasn’t so cordial and it led to fines, disqualifications and suspensions. Nastase was also known as “Nasty,” as much a defining description as any. His game was “nasty,” a slang definition for “deft” and his combative personality was not always pristine, but dark and unpredictable. But the sum parts of his career were extraordinary: He is one of just five players in history to win more than 100 ATP professional titles, 58 coming in singles, which is tenth best in history, and 45 in doubles. That’s for openers.

Nastase won seven major championships, two in singles, three in men’s doubles and two in mixed doubles. He earned four Masters Grand Prix season ending titles (1971, 1972, 1973, 1975) and seven Championship Series titles from 1970 to 1973. He rose to the world’s No. 1 ranked position in August 1973 and didn’t relinquish the coveted spot until June 1974. From 1970 to 1977 he was ranked in the World Top 10 eight times between. Nastase’s 18 years spent playing Davis Cup for his native Romania brought his country worldwide notoriety that tourism advertising campaigns couldn’t afford to buy. In the process, he created a level of winning in Davis Cup play that has been unmatched.

Nastase won 779 singles matches, eighth best in history and compiled a 779-305 record. He tacked on 45 doubles titles and compiled a 479-208 record. When he won the 1973 French Open singles championship he didn’t lose a set, one of only three players in history to claim that distinction in a major, and the first at Roland Garros. Nastase was always a threat to win any championship at any time. He was a semifinalist 132 times, placing him in that categories top ten, and he was particularly adept on clay courts where he won 330 matches. The 1973 tour season was Nastase’s finest; he won 15 of 31 championships fourth best in history. He also won 13 titles in 1972, which ranks among the ten best in history. His 118 wins in 1973 ranks second all-time, only bested by the 134 won by Guillermo Vilas in 1977. He was the real deal.

Nastase played professionally for nearly two decades, starting in 1966 as an amateur touring with sidekick Ion ?iriac. The pair advanced to the finals of the 1966 French Championships, but were defeated by Americans Clark Graebner and Dennis Ralston in three sets. The duo won in Paris four years later, in 1970, with straight set victory over Arthur Ashe and Charlie Pasarell. His singles success began methodically with a spattering of noteworthy tour victories in 1970 and 1971. He captured the Italian Open in 1970 over Jan Kodeš, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 8-6, and had an impressive five-set victory over Rod Laver at the Wembley Championships in 1971. Nastase reached the 1971 French Open final, where Kodeš ousted him in four sets, but his game was rounding into its classic form.

In July 1972, Nastase made the first of two finalist appearances at Wimbledon, losing to Stan Smith in a match he said was the best of his career, despite the 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 outcome. His second final appearance at the Big W came in 1976 against the imcomprable Bjorn Borg, and he suffered a 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 defeat.

Nastase captured his first of two major singles championships in 1972, coming back from 2-4 down in the fourth set to defeat hometown favorite Arthur Ashe, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. His game was in full splendor in 1973. He demolished Manuel Orantes at the Italian Open, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, and he won his second Grand Slam at the French Open, easily defeating unseeded Yugoslavian Nikola Pilic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0. That year he teamed with Jimmy Connors to win the Wimbledon Gentlemen Doubles title. He and Connors joined forces to win the 1975 US Open, and in mixed doubles action Nastase won Wimbledon in 1970 and 1972, both times alongside Rosie Casals.

A fixture of the Romanian Davis Cup team, Nastase played 18 years between 1966 and 1985, leading his country to finals three times, and holding every record for a player from Romania including most totals wins (109), most ties played (52), and most years played (18).

Nastase played World Team Tennis for Hawaii in 1976 and Los Angeles in 1977 and 1978. He led Los Angeles to the WTT title as player-coach in 1978.

When TENNIS Magazine released its list of the 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era in 2005, Nastase was ranked 28th all-time.

The man known as the enfant terrible of tennis, though highly responsible for the game’s popularity in the 1970s and 80s, has been the subject of two books. Nastase. Henley-on-Thames was released in 1978, followed by a telling, yet highly elaborated Mr. Nastase: The Autobiography in 2009.


Photo: M. Stroud, manchester Daily Express

STATS

Top Ranking
World No. 1 (1973)

Grand Slam Results
7-time major champion, 6-time finalist

Career Titles
103

Career Record
Overall Record: 1258-513
Singles Record: 779-305
Doubles Record: 479-208

Davis Cup
Overall Record: 109/37
Singles Record: 74/22
Doubles Record: 35/15

GRAND SLAM BEST RESULTS

TITLES
2 Singles

Best Results

Singles
Australian Open: 1R (1981)
French Open: W (1973)
Wimbledon: F (1972), F (1976)
US Open: W (1972)

Doubles
French Open: W (1970)
Wimbledon: W (1973)
US Open: W (1975)

Mixed Doubles
Wimbledon: W (1970), W (1972)

Awards and accolades
Nastase was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991.
In 2005, TENNIS Magazine put Nastase in the 28th place in its list of 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era.
In March 2009 Ilie Nastase 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.

Non-tennis activities
Nastase wrote several novels in French in the 1980s. He entered politics in the 1990s, making an unsuccessful run for mayor of Bucharest in 1996.

Personal life
Nastase 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 Sfat in 2013.

Maxim has placed Nastase at number 6 on its top ten "Living Sex Legends" list, as he is reputed to have slept with over 2500 women. Nastase'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. Nastase 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. Now he has the rank of Major general.

On Sunday, May 26, 2014., Ilie Nastase had been elected to the Romanian Senate, following partial elections. He competed in electoral college number 8 in Bucharest with the support of the Social Democratic Party (PSD).


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