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Encyclopedia > Ilie Nastase
The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. The correct title is Ilie Năstase.

Ilie Năstase (born July 19, 1946 in Bucharest) was a Romanian professional tennis player and one of the top players of 1970s, being twice number one in 1972 and 1973.

Among his 57 singles titles are the US Open in 1972 and the French Open in 1973, and in doubles he won at Wimbledon in 1973, the French Open in 1970 and the US Open in 1975. He was runner-up in the Wimbledon singles competition in 1972, playing in a classic men's final against Stan Smith. Nastase was famous for his good humour on court, but also had a reputation for gamesmanship, and acquired the nickname "Nasty" after several incidents where his temperament got the better of him.

He wrote a couple of novels in French in the 1980s and entered politics in the 1990s, making an unsuccessful run for mayor of Bucharest in 1996.


  • If you have confidence you have patience. Confidence, that is everything.
  • As long as I can get angry then I play well. If I play well I can beat everybody. I am happy because I am getting angry.
  • My ambition is to do a good job. I never plan anything.
  • I haven't reported my missing credit card to the police because whoever stole it is spending less than my wife.

Grand Slam titles (2)

 1972 U.S. Open Arthur Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 1973 Roland Garros Nikola Pilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 

External link

  • Tennis Hall of Fame: Ilie Nastase (http://www.tennisfame.org/enshrinees/ilie_nastase.html)

  Results from FactBites:
Ilie Nastase "Bucharest Bufoon" - International Tennis Hall of Fame (909 words)
Nastase was in another Wimbledon singles final in 1976, but was beaten easily by Bjorn Borg.
Nastase, a right-hander, first came to attention in 1966 when he and his first mentor, countryman Ion Tiriac, reached the final of the French doubles, losing to Clark Graebner and Dennis Ralston.
Ilie, who lives in New York with his American wife, Alexandra, reaped considerable international attention again by running for mayor of Bucharest in 1996, but he was defeated.
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