Ex-Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase hospitalized with Covid-19

Former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase has been hospitalized with a mild form of Covid-19, his wife said.

The 75- year-old is in a hospital in Bucharest, his wife Ioana Nastase told Fanatik magazine,

“He’s doing fine. His immunity was a bit low,” following a business dispute with former Romanian international footballer Ciprian Marica.

“He didn’t feel well and he was upset. It’s a mild form and he’s connected to medical apparatuses, but we can still talk,” she said. She said she hoped he’d be discharged from hospital in a few days.

The former tennis player and his wife recently went to Turkey for a holiday. She said he tested negative three time for the virus.

He was ranked world No. 1 in singles from 23 August 1973 to 2 June 1974, and was the first man to hold the top position on the computerized ATP Rankings. He is one of 10 players tohave won more than 100 ATP titles, 64 in singles and 45 in doubles.

Ilie Năstase was recently involved in a conflict with former Romanian footballer Cirprian Marica over management of the Vointa Sports club. The former tennis player said that Marica had tricked him.

Ciprian Marica was a center-forward who played for Romania. He owns Farul Constanta.

In 2017, Mr Nastase who was Romanian team captain at a World Group II playoff, speculated about the color of the skin of Serena Williams’ unborn child. He also swore at the umpire and „made advances of a sexual nature” to the  British team captain.

The International Tennis Federation banned him from any official roles in tennis until 2021. He was also fined $10,000 for his foul-mouthed outbursts during the Fed Cup tie between Great Britain and Romania in April 2017.


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