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Ilie Nastase, Famous Romanian Lawn Tennis Player

Ilie Nastase
Lawn Tennis Player

Born: July 19, 1946, Bucharest

Handed: Right

Married: first, one daughter; second to Alexandra King (1984)

Sportive Career

National champion

1959 - 13-14 age group
1961 - 15-16 age group
1963, 1964 - 17-18 age group

Won the Masters Singles Event

1971 - Paris
1972 - Barcelona
1973 - Boston
1975 - Stockholm

Winner of Singles

1967 - Cannes, Travemunde

1968 - Gauhati, Madras, New Delhi, Viareggio

1969 - Travemunde, Madras, New Delhi, Barranquilla, Coruna, Budapest, Denver

1970 - Salisbury, Rome

1971 - Omaha, Richmond, Hampton, Nice, Monte Carlo, Baastad, Wembley, Stockholm, Istanbul

1972 - Omaha, Nice, Monte Carlo, Forest Hills, Baltimore, Madrid, Toronto, South Orange, Seattle

1973 - Rome, Roland Garros

Winner of Doubles

1970 - Roland Garros (with Ion Tiriac), Wimbledon (with Rosemary Casals)

1972 - Wimbledon (with Rosemary Casals), 

1975 - Wimbledon (with Jimmy Connors)

Winner of ILTF Grand Prix: 1972, 1973

Participation to Davis Cup

1966-1985 - played 130 matches for the Romanian Team in the Davis Cup.

Rose Romania to the Davis Cup final on three occasions: 1969, 1971, and 1972,  but losing each time to the U.S.

At the end of 1985, Nastase ranked second among the most active players in Cup history, having won 109 of 146 singles and doubles engagements in 52 ties. 

Prizes and Awards

"Best Romanian Sportsman of the Year" in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973

The first and sole Romanian inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991

In 1976 was the first European to exceed $1 million in career prize money ( had a career total of $2,076,761)

Nastase' s TOPS

Eight times between 1970 and 1977 ranked in the World Top Ten and No. 1 in 1973, when won the French and Italian back-to-back, an unusual coupling.  

One of five players to win more than 100 pro titles in singles (57) and doubles (5l)

Annual Number One Player 1914-1998, the unofficial world rankings for men and women determined by the London Daily Telegraph from 1914-72, since then official world rankings computed by men's and women's tours, mentioned Ilie Nastase two times as followsMultiple winners: Bill Tilden and Pete Sampras (6); Jimmy Connors (5); Henri Cochet, Rod Laver, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe (4); John Newcombe and Fred Perry (3); Bjorn Borg, Don Budge, Ashley Cooper, Stefan Edberg, Roy Emerson, Neale Fraser, Jack Kramer, Rene Lacoste, Ilie Nastase (1971, 1972), Frank Sedgman and Tony Trabert (2).

Spectacular record in the season-closing Masters, winning four times: 1971 through 1973 and 1975, and was a finalist to Guillermo Vilas in five sets in 1974. 

Finest season - 1973, when regarded as No. 1 in the world after winning the Italian, French, and l3 other tournaments, and downing Tom Okker in the Masters final. That season he won 15 of 31 tourneys on a 118-17 match record, also eight doubles for total of 23, tying Rod Laver's open-era record (17 singles, 6 doubles), broken in 1979 by John McEnroe's 27. 

Expert at putting the ball just beyond an opponent's reach, and applying discomfiting spin. Lobbed and retrieved splendidly, in his prime possibly the fastest player of all, and he could play either baseline or serve-and-volley

Played World Team Tennis for Hawaii in 1976 and Los Angeles in 1977 and 1978, leading the latter to the league title in 1978 as player-coach. 

Reaped considerable international attention again by running for mayor of Bucharest in 1996, but he was defeated.

Australian Singles 1973, 75
Singles finalist 1976
Doubles 1965, 67, 71, 73, 76
Doubles finalist 1963, 66
Mixed 1965 (shared)
Wimbledon Singles 1967, 70, 71
Singles finalist 1969
Doubles 1965, 66, 68-70, 74
Mixed finalist 1965
French Doubles 1967, 69, 73
Doubles finalist 1964
Mixed finalist 1965
U.S. Singles 1967, 73
Singles finalist 1966
Doubles 1967, 71, 73
Doubles finalist 1972
Mixed 1964
Mixed finalist 1965
TOURNAMENT RECORD (ex: Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympics)
Davis Cup Team Member 1963-67, 73, 75, 76 
Captain 1995
Italian Singles 1969 
Doubles 1965, 69, 71, 73
Doubles finalist 1962, 64, 76
Mixed 1964


TIE-BREAK - ILIE NASTASE. W H Allen; 1986 1st Edition; 273 pages. Ilie Nastase's first novel is a murder story. Gives an insight into life on the Grand Prix circuit.

BREAK POINT - ILIE NASTASE. St Martins Press; 1986 1st US Edition; 360 pages. The American edition of Nastase's novel 'Tie Break'.

THE NET - ILIE NASTASE. W H Allen; 1987 1st UK Edition; 254 pages. Nastase's second novel provides another thrilling glimpse into the real world of pro tennis.

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