Ilie Nastase banned from attending this year's French Open
ABS-CBN Sports on May 07, 2017 09:48 AM
FILE - In this Monday, May 23, 2016, file photo, former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase watches a match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France. Nastase made an attempt at apologizing for his comments about Serena Williams and his outburst during a Fed Cup match. The 70-year-old tennis great posted a statement on Facebook a week after he speculated about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
PARIS (AP) — Former champion Ilie Nastase is banned from attending the French Open.
A brief statement on the French Open's official Twitter account on Saturday said "following his suspension by the ITF, Mr Ilie Nastase won't be accredited" for the tournament in Paris.
The Grand Slam starts on May 28 at Roland Garros.
The 70-year-old Nastase has been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation following his comments about the skin color of the baby that Serena Williams is expecting, and for foul-mouthed outbursts during a recent Fed Cup tie between his Romania team and Britain.
As Fed Cup captain, Nastase hurled abuse at British player Johanna Konta, captain Anne Keothavong and the umpire. The referee ejected Nastase from the tie.
Nastase, a former world No. 1 who the French Open singles title in 1973 and the doubles in 1970, is not much welcome at Wimbledon, either.
All England Club chairman Philip Brook said this week that the two-time finalist will not be invited to the Royal Box on Wimbledon's Centre Court.