WTA unhappy with Nastase presence at Madrid Open
14 May 2017 - 22:11
London: The head of women's tennis has condemned Madrid Open organisers for allowing controversial Romanian Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase to take part in the trophy presentation ceremony following Saturday's final.
The 70-year-old is under investigation by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) following last month's Fed Cup tie with Britain, where he swore at members of the opposing team and made a derogatory remark about Serena Williams's unborn child.
However, the former world number one shared the stage with Madrid champion and compatriot Simona Halep, who defended her title with a 7-5, 6-7 (5) 6-2 victory over Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.
"It was an exciting final match and the only shadow cast on the day was Mr Nastase's invitation to participate in today's award ceremony. He had no place on court today," Women's Tennis Association (WTA) CEO Steve Simon said in a statement