Ilie Năstase

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Ilie Năstase
Ilie Nastase.jpg
Ilie Năstase in 2004
Country Romania
Born (1946-07-19) 19 July 1946 (age 68)
Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 1969 (amateur tour from 1966)
Retired 1985
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,076,761
Int. Tennis HOF 1991 (member page)
Singles
Career record 779–305
Career titles 58 (10th all time)
Highest ranking No. 1 (23 August 1973)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1981)
French Open W (1973)
Wimbledon F (1972, 1976)
US Open W (1972)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (1971, 1972, 1973, 1975)
WCT Finals QF (1974, 1977, 1978)
Doubles
Career record 479–208
Career titles 45 (ATP listed)
Highest ranking No. 10 (30 August 1977)[1]
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (1969Ch, 1971Ch, 1972)

Ilie "Nasty" Năstase (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈli.e nəsˈtase] ( ), born 19 July 1946) is a Romanian former world No. 1 professional tennis player, one of the world's top players of the 1970s. Năstase was ranked world No. 1 between 1973 (23 August) and 1974 (2 June). He is one of the five players in history to win more than 100 ATP professional titles (58 singles and 45 in doubles).[1] He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991. Năstase won seven Grand Slam titles: two in singles, three in men's doubles, and two in mixed doubles. He also won four Masters Grand Prix year-end championship titles and seven Championship Series titles (1970–73), the precursors to the current Masters 1000. In 2005, Tennis magazine ranked him as the 28th-best player of the preceding 40 years. He is the second male player to win a Grand Slam event without dropping a set and the first one to achieve this feat at the French Open (1973).

Career[edit]

Năstase playing a Davis Cup match against The Netherlands in The Hague (1973)
Năstase on a 2004 Romanian stamp

At the beginning of his career in 1966, Năstase travelled around the world competing with his good friend Ion Ţiriac. Together, they represented Romania in the Davis Cup competition, being three times runners up: in 1969, 1971, and 1972.

In singles, Năstase won his first tournament at Cannes on 16 April 1967. His first victories against top players happened in 1969 in Stockholm, where he defeated Tony Roche and Stan Smith.

Năstase became one of the best players in 1970, with many experts ranking him as the sixth-best player in the world at that time, behind the Australians Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, and Roche and the American Arthur Ashe. Năstase's high ranking resulted from his success at the Italian Open in Rome and at the U.S. Indoor Open in Salisbury, Maryland. With Tiriac, Năstase won the men's doubles title at the French Open.

In 1971, Năstase was the runner-up at the French Open. where he lost the final in four sets to Jan Kodeš. In December, Năstase won his first Masters Grand Prix title.

In 1972, he became the no. 2 in the world, owing to his winning the US Open in a five-set final over Arthur Ashe. This tournament was the only event of the year in which all the best players participated. Two months before at Wimbledon, Năstase narrowly lost to Stan Smith in an epic[2] five-set final, one of the most exciting championship matches there.[3] Although Smith took the title, public sympathy lay with the volatile Romanian.[2]

In the Davis Cup, Năstase was undefeated in singles until losing to Stan Smith in the final played on clay in his native Bucharest. In December at the year-end tour finals, Năstase took revenge against Smith, winning his second consecutive Masters Grand Prix title.

In 1973, he was in sensational form.[2] By winning 17 tournaments, including the French Open, a doubles title at Wimbledon, and a third Masters title, Năstase was the undisputed world No.1 that year. In the Davis Cup, he won seven of eight singles rubbers, including a victory over Tom Okker, the "Flying Dutchman." In matches against the other top players, Năstase was 1–0 against Newcombe and 1–1 against Smith. The Romanian won the French Open without dropping a set (a feat repeated by Björn Borg in 1978 and 1980 and by Rafael Nadal in 2008 and 2010), and he won the French Open (clay), Rome (clay) and Queen's Club (grass) in succession, a feat never repeated in the open era, though Borg won Rome, the French Open, and Wimbledon in succession in 1978, and Nadal won the French Open, Queen's Club, and Wimbledon in succession in 2008.

In 1974, he was the only player to qualify for both the WCT Finals and the Masters Grand Prix finals. As usual, Năstase played well in the Masters, in particular against Newcombe in the semifinals. (Năstase finished his career with a 4–1 record versus Newcombe, losing only their first match in 1969.) The Romanian, however, lost the final to Guillermo Vilas in five sets.

For the fifth consecutive year, Năstase reached the Masters Grand Prix Final in 1975, where he defeated Björn Borg, 6–2, 6–2, 6–1.

During the first half of 1976, Năstase won four tournaments (Atlanta WCT, Avis Challenge Cup WCT, US Open Indoor, and La Costa), and head-to-head, he led Connors 2–1, Vilas 1–0, Ashe 1–0, and Borg 2–0. Năstase did not enter the Australian Open, which was again avoided by most of the top players. Năstase was prevented from entering the French Open because he participated in World Team Tennis. In the second half of the year, Nastase lost to Borg in the men's singles final of Wimbledon and in the semifinals of the US Open. Năstase won three other tournaments during the second half of the year, the Pepsi Grand Slam, South Orange, and the four-man tournament of Caracas, Venezuela, in October (not to be confused with the Caracas WCT tournament in March), making seven tournament championships for the year. Năstase was the world No. 3, behind Connors and Borg.

In 1977, Năstase finished no. 9 in the ATP rankings. He was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and the French Open and participated in the WCT Finals. Năstase was still one of the 20 best players in 1978. At Wimbledon, he again reached the quarterfinals, losing to Okker after defeating Roscoe Tanner.

During the remainder of his career, Năstase steadily declined and only occasionally defeated a good player, such as Johan Kriek in the third round of the 1982 US Open. Năstase retired from the tour in October 1985 at the age of 39 after playing in the tournament in Toulouse, although he did play the challenger tournament at Dijon in June 1988.

Playing style[edit]

Considered one of the most gifted tennis players in history, Ilie Năstase was noted both for his sorcery with the racket and his ability to entertain, amusing spectators with his antics and mimicry. Even during a crucial phase of a match, he was likely to do something bizarre that would entertain the crowd.[2] Nicknamed the Bucharest Buffoon, Nastase could master all the shots, playing either baseline or serve-and-volley.[1] One of the fastest players, he is remembered for his magnificent lobs and retrieves. Nastase could apply a discomforting spin to his shots, being an expert at putting the ball just beyond an opponent's reach. His greatest weakness was a fragile nervous system and erratic temperament, but when he maintained his concentration during a match, he could conjure up the most devastating tennis,[2] being regarded as a tennis magician[2] or an artist creating with great originality and panache.[1]

According to British media[4] Năstase is best remembered for being one of the best players never to win the singles title at Wimbledon, for his tantrums, and his good looks.

Athletic distinctions[edit]

  • Năstase won the Tennis Masters Cup tournament (today ATP World Tour Finals) four times, in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1975. Only Roger Federer (6 times), Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl (5 times) succeeded to win more.
  • He is one of the five tennis players (third place) in the world who won more than 100 pro titles (57 singles and 45 doubles) according to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) website,[1] though there are many titles that are not included in the ATP statistics. (see Career statistics section).
  • Năstase was the first professional sports figure to sign an endorsement contract with Adidas in 1972.

Awards and accolades[edit]

Non-tennis activities[edit]

Năstase wrote several novels in French in the 1980s.[6][7] He entered politics in the 1990s, making an unsuccessful run for mayor of Bucharest in 1996.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Năstase has been married four times: his first wife was Dominique Grazia, a Belgian fashion model, whom he married at the age of 26, and with whom he has a daughter, Nathalie. They were married for ten years. His second wife was American actress Alexandra King, whom he married in 1984 and with whom he adopted two children, Nicholas and Charlotte. His third wife was Romanian fashion model Amalia Teodosescu, whom he married in 2004. They have two children, Alessia and Emma Alexandra. After they split up in 2010, he married Romanian fashion model Brigitte Sfăt in 2013.[9][10]

Maxim has placed Năstase at number 6 on its top ten "Living Sex Legends" list, as he is reputed to have slept with over 2500 women.[11] Năstase's own guess, which was at 800–900 women, was too low for the writer of his biography who wanted a larger number, to improve his reputation, as it evidently did.[12] After hearing this, his third wife, Amalia, said that she was happy to have conquered such a man. Năstase met Amalia at a Sting concert and married her in a Greek Orthodox ceremony on 5 June 2004 followed by a Civil ceremony in July of the same year. They divorced in February 2010, after six years of marriage.[13] As he played for the Army's sports club Steaua, he was an employee of the Ministry of Defence. Now he has the rank of Major general.

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (2–3)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1971 French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 6–8, 2–6, 6–2, 5–7
Runner-up 1972 Wimbledon Grass United States Stan Smith 6–4, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 1972 US Open Grass United States Arthur Ashe 3–6, 6–3, 6–7(1:5), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 1973 French Open Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić 6–3, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 1976 Wimbledon (2) Grass Sweden Björn Borg 4–6, 2–6, 7–9

Doubles: 5 (3–2)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1966 French Championships Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac United States Clark Graebner
United States Dennis Ralston
3–6, 3–6, 0–6
Winner 1970 French Open Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
6–2, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1973 French Open Clay United States Jimmy Connors Australia John Newcombe
Netherlands Tom Okker
1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 1973 Wimbledon Grass United States Jimmy Connors Australia John Cooper
Australia Neale Fraser
3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 8–9(3), 6–1
Winner 1975 US Open Clay United States Jimmy Connors Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–4, 7–6

Mixed doubles: 3 (2–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1970 Wimbledon Grass United States Rosemary Casals Soviet Union Olga Morozova
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
6–3, 4–6, 9–7
Winner 1972 Wimbledon Grass United States Rosemary Casals Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Australia Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1972 US Open Grass United States Rosemary Casals Australia Margaret Court
United States Marty Riessen
3–6, 5–7

Year-End Championships[edit]

Singles: 5 (4–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1971 Paris Hard (i) United States Stan Smith 5–7, 7–6(4), 6–3
Winner 1972 Barcelona Hard (i) United States Stan Smith 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 1973 Boston Carpet Netherlands Tom Okker 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1974 Melbourne Grass Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–7(6), 2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 1975 Stockholm Carpet Sweden Björn Borg 6–2, 6–2, 6–1

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended. Qualifying matches and Walkovers are neither official match wins nor losses.

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0.00
French Open 2R 1R QF F 1R W QF 3R QF 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R 1 / 14 33–13 71.74
Wimbledon 3R 4R 2R F 4R 4R 2R F QF QF 3R 1R 1R 0 / 13 35–13 72.92
US Open 4R 3R W 2R 3R QF SF 2R 2R 2R 1R 4R 1R 1R 1R 1 / 15 29–14 67.44
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 5–3 7–2 9–3 13–2 11–2 9–3 7–3 10–2 9–3 4–1 1–2 3–2 2–4 4–3 2–2 0–2 0–1 2 / 42 97–41 70.29
The Masters W W W F W 4 / 5 22–3 88.00
Davis Cup P P P F P F F SF QF P P QF P QF 1R 2R 1R 0 / 17 74–22 77.08
Tournaments 0 0 2 11 11 19 32 29 27 25 23 20 22 21 19 26 24 11 12 4 338
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–3 7–11 12–16 15–18 6–11 5–9 6–13 3–5 2–5 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 *59 / 96 *59–37 61.46
Overall Win–Loss 0–2 2–2 9–2 24–13 40–13 76–12 120–20 114–17 77–21 91–21 76–13 48–19 48–21 30–23 22–25 22–26 15–25 8–13 4–14 1–4 827/1133 **827–306 72.99
Year End Ranking 1 10 7 3 9 16 49 79 79 79 118 202 431 $2,076,761
  • * including 57 pre-ATP and ATP titles
  • ** including 749 – 287 (overall – 1036) listed by the ATP

Records[edit]

  • These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
Championship Years Record accomplished Player tied
Masters Grand Prix 1971–1973 3 consecutive titles Ivan Lendl
Masters Grand Prix 1971–1975 88.00% (22–3) match winning percentage[14] Stands alone
Grand Prix Tour 1968–1985 42 five set match wins Stands alone

ATP Tour Single Titles (58)[edit]

No. Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
1. 1970 Salisbury, US Carpet (i) United States Cliff Richey 6–8, 3–6, 6–4, 9–7, 6–0
2. 1970 Rome, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, 8–6
3. 1971 Richmond, US Hard (i) United States Arthur Ashe 3–6, 6–2, 6–4
4. 1971 Hampton, US Hard (i) United States Clark Graebner 7–5, 6–4, 7–6
5. 1971 Nice, France Hard Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 10–8, 11–9, 6–1
6. 1971 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Netherlands Tom Okker 3–6, 8–6, 6–1, 6–1
7. 1971 Båstad, Sweden Clay Denmark Jan Leschly 6–7, 6–2, 6–1, 6–4
8. 1971 Wembley, UK Hard (i) Australia Rod Laver 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
9. 1971 Tennis Masters Cup, Paris Carpet (i) United States Stan Smith 5–7, 7–6, 6–3
10. 1972 Baltimore, US Hard United States Jimmy Connors 1–6, 6–4, 7–6
11. 1972 Omaha, US Hard (i) Romania Ion Ţiriac 2–6, 6–1, 6–1
12. 1972 Monte Carlo, Monaco (2) Clay Czechoslovakia František Pala 6–1, 6–0, 6–3
13. 1972 Madrid, Spain Clay Czechoslovakia František Pala 6–0, 6–0, 6–1
14. 1972 Nice, France Clay Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 6–0, 6–4, 6–3
15. 1972 Düsseldorf, Germany Clay West Germany Jürgen Fassbender 6–0, 6–2, 6–1
16. 1972 Toronto, Canada Clay Rhodesia Andrew Pattison 6–4, 6–3
17. 1972 US Open, New York Grass United States Arthur Ashe 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3
18. 1972 South Orange, US Hard Spain Manuel Orantes 6–4, 6–4
19. 1972 Seattle, US Hard United States Tom Gorman 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
20. 1972 London Carpet (i) United States Tom Gorman 6–4, 6–3
21. 1972 Tennis Masters Cup, Barcelona (2) Carpet (i) United States Stan Smith 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3
22. 1973 Omaha, US Hard (i) United States Jimmy Connors 5–0, retired
23. 1973 Calgary, Canada Hard (i) United States Paul Gerken 6–4, 7–6
24. 1973 Washington Indoor, US Carpet (i) United States Jimmy Connors 4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 5–7, 6–2
25. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay Italy Adriano Panatta 6–1, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
26. 1973 Monte Carlo, Monaco (3) Clay Sweden Björn Borg 6–4, 6–1, 6–2
27. 1973 Madrid, Spain (2) Clay Italy Adriano Panatta 6–3, 7–6, 5–7, 6–1
28. 1973 Florence, Italy Clay Italy Adriano Panatta 6–3, 3–6, 0–6, 7–6, 6–4
29. 1973 French Open, Paris Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić 6–3, 6–3, 6–0
30. 1973 Rome, Italy (2) Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 6–1, 6–1, 6–1
31. 1973 Queen's Club, London Grass United Kingdom Roger Taylor 9–8, 6–3
32. 1973 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia Roy Emerson 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
33. 1973 Cincinnati, US Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
34. 1973 Torneo Godó-Barcelona, Spain Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 2–6, 6–1, 8–6, 6–4
35. 1973 Paris, France Hard (i) United States Stan Smith 4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–0, 6–2
36. 1973 Tennis Masters Cup, Boston (3) Carpet (i) Netherlands Tom Okker 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
37. 1974 Richmond, US Carpet United States Tom Gorman 6–2, 6–3
38. 1974 Washington WCT, US Carpet (i) Netherlands Tom Okker 6–3, 6–3
39. 1974 Bournemouth, UK Clay Italy Paolo Bertolucci 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
40. 1974 Cedar Grove, US Hard (i) Spain Juan Gisbert Sr. 6–4, 7–6
41. 1974 Madrid, Spain (3) Clay Sweden Björn Borg 6–4, 5–7, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
42. 1974 Torneo Godó-Barcelona, Spain (2) Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 8–6, 9–7, 6–3
43. 1975 Barcelona, Spain Clay Spain Juan Gisbert Sr. 6–1, 7–5, 6–2
44. 1975 Valencia, Spain Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 6–3, 6–0
45. 1975 Madrid, Spain (4) Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 7–6, 6–1, 2–6, 6–3
46. 1975 South Orange, US Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt 7–6, 6–1
47. 1975 Tennis Masters Cup, Stockholm (4) Hard (i) Sweden Björn Borg 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
48. 1976 Atlanta WCT, US Carpet (i) United States Jeff Borowiak 6–2, 6–4
49. 1976 Salisbury, US Carpet (i) United States Jimmy Connors 6–2, 6–3, 7–6
50. 1976 La Costa, US Hard United States Jimmy Connors 4–6, 6–0, 6–1
51. 1976 Pepsi Grand Slam, Myrtle Beach Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 6–4, 6–3
52. 1976 Honolulu Challenge Cup Hard United States Arthur Ashe 6–3, 1–6, 6–7, 6–3, 6–1
53. 1976 South Orange, US Clay United States Roscoe Tanner 6–4, 6–2
54. 1977 Mexico City WCT, Mexico Hard Poland Wojtek Fibak 4–6, 6–2, 7–6
55. 1977 Aix en Provence, France Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–1, 7–5, ret.
56. 1976 Las Vegas Challenge Cup, US Hard United States Jimmy Connors 3–6, 7–6, 6–4, 7–5
57. 1978 Miami, US Carpet (i) United States Tom Gullikson 6–3, 7–5
58. 1978 Montego Bay Challenge Cup, Jamaica Hard United States Peter Fleming 2–6, 5–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–4

Singles runner-ups (38)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1969 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić 4–6, 6–4, 1–6
2. 1970 Brussels, Belgium Clay Netherlands Tom Okker 3–6, 4–6, 6–0, 6–4, 4–6
3. 1970 Hamburg, Germany Clay Netherlands Tom Okker 6–4, 3–6, 3–6, 4–6
4. 1971 Macon, U.S. Hard Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović 4–6, 5–7, 7–5, 6–3, 6–7
5. 1971 French Open, Paris Clay Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 6–8, 2–6, 6–2, 5–7
6. 1971 Brussels, Belgium Clay South Africa Cliff Drysdale 0–6, 1–6, 5–7
7. 1971 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović 3–6, 6–7, 1–6
8. 1972 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) United States Stan Smith 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 4–6
9. 1972 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) United States Stan Smith 3–6, 2–6, 7–6, 4–6
10. 1972 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Stan Smith 6–4, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 5–7
11. 1972 Båstad, Sweden Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 4–6, 3–6, 1–6
12. 1973 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jimmy Connors 6–4, 3–6, 5–7, 3–6
13. 1973 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay Italy Adriano Panatta 8–6, 5–7, 3–6
14. 1973 London Carpet Netherlands Tom Okker 3–6, 4–6
15. 1974 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Netherlands Tom Okker 3–6, 4–6
16. 1974 Hampton, U.S. Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 4–6, 4–6
17. 1974 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Rhodesia Andrew Pattison 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
18. 1974 Rome, Italy Clay Sweden Björn Borg 3–6, 4–6, 2–6
19. 1974 Tennis Masters Cup, Melbourne Grass Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–7, 2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6
20. 1975 Basel, Switzerland Carpet Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec 1–6, 6–7, 6–2, 4–6
21. 1975 Tucson, U.S. Hard Australia John Alexander 5–7, 2–6
22. 1975 Louisville, U.S. Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 3–6
23. 1975 Montreal, Canada Hard Spain Manuel Orantes 6–7, 0–6, 1–6
24. 1976 Baltimore, U.S. Carpet United States Tom Gorman 5–7, 3–6
25. 1976 Hampton, U.S. Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 2–6, 2–6, 2–6
26. 1976 Caracas WCT, Venezuela Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez 3–6, 4–6
27. 1976 Stockholm WCT, Sweden Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak 4–6, 6–7
28. 1976 Nottingham, U.K. Grass United States Jimmy Connors ABN
29. 1976 Wimbledon, London Grass Sweden Björn Borg 4–6, 2–6, 7–9
30. 1976 Hong Kong Hard Australia Ken Rosewall 3–6, 3–6
31. 1977 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet United States Dick Stockton 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
32. 1977 Virginia Beach, U.S. Hard Argentina Guillermo Vilas 2–6, 6–4, 2–6
33. 1978 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay United States Brian Gottfried 6–3, 2–6, 1–6
34. 1978 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay United States Vitas Gerulaitis 2–6, 0–6
35. 1978 Barcelona, Spain Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy 6–1, 5–7, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
36. 1979 Cleveland, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith 6–7, 5–7
37. 1981 Nancy, France Hard (i) Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil 2–6, 5–7
38. 1981 Bologna, Italy Carpet United States Sandy Mayer 5–7, 3–6

Sources for this section[edit]

  • Michel Sutter, Vainqueurs Winners 1946–2003, Paris, 2003. Sutter has attempted to list all tournaments meeting his criteria for selection beginning with 1946 and ending in the fall of 1991. For each tournament, he has indicated the city, the date of the final, the winner, the runner-up, and the score of the final. A tournament is included in his list if: (1) the draw for the tournament included at least eight players (with a few exceptions, such as the Pepsi Grand Slam tournaments in the second half of the 1970s); and (2) the level of the tournaments was at least equal to the present day challenger tournaments. Sutter's book is probably the most exhaustive source of tennis tournament information since World War II, even though some professional tournaments held before the start of the open era are missing. Later, Sutter issued a second edition of his book, with only the players, their wins, and years from 1946 to 27 April 2003, period.
  • John Barrett, editor, World of Tennis Yearbooks, London, from 1976 to 1983.
  • Joe McCauley in Mr Nastase: The Autobiography, by Ilie Năstase with Debbie Beckerman, 2004.
  • 1982 WCT Yearbook
  • ATP Official Guide to Professional Tennis 2004 (page G18).

Other titles (28)[edit]

Here are Năstase's tournament wins that are not included in the statistics on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) website. The website is very incomplete from 1968 to 1970 and has some omissions for tournaments held since 1968.

Năstase won several tournaments during the early years of his career that were equivalent to the present day "challenger" tournaments. Because the term "challenger" started to be applied to second-rank tournaments in 1978, those tournaments are termed "minor tournaments" in the following list.

  • 1967 – Cannes (minor tournament), Travemünde (minor tournament)
  • 1968 – Viareggio, Bucharest (minor tournament)
  • 1969 – Madras (minor tournament), New Delhi (minor tournament), Gauhati (minor tournament), Travemünde, La Corogne, Budapest, Denver
  • 1970 – Napoli, Ancona
  • 1971 – Omaha, Istanbul
  • 1973 – Istanbul, Kingston
  • 1974 – Portland, World Invitational Tennis Classic (WITC) at Hilton Head (four-man invitational tournament, not to be confused with the CBS Classic tournament also played at Hilton Head)
  • 1975 – WITC at Hilton Head (four-man invitational tournament), Helsinki, Dutch Round Robin (Utrecht Netherlands), Graz, Uppsala
  • 1976 – Caracas (a four-man invitation tournament in October, not to be confused with the Caracas WCT in March that was won by Raúl Ramírez), Argentine Round Robin (invitational tournament)
  • 1977 – Rotterdam World Star (invitational tournament)
  • 1978 – Frankfurt (invitational tournament)

Doubles ATP titles (45)[edit]

No. Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1970 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Romania Ion Ţiriac United States Arthur Ashe
United States Dennis Ralston
6–4, 6–3
2. 1970 French Open, Paris Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
6–2, 6–4, 6–3
3. 1970 Rome, Italy Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac Australia William Bowrey
Australia Owen Davidson
0–6, 10–8, 6–3, 6–8, 6–1
4. 1970 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–4
5. 1971 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) Romania Ion Ţiriac United States Clark Graebner
Brazil Thomaz Koch
6–4, 4–6, 7–5
6. 1971 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac Netherlands Tom Okker
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
1–6, 6–3, 6–3, 8–6
7. 1971 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
6–4, 6–4
8. 1972 Kansas City, U.S. Indoor Romania Ion Ţiriac Spain Andrés Gimeno
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–7, 6–4, 7–6
9. 1972 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) Romania Ion Ţiriac Spain Andrés Gimeno
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–4, 7–6
10. 1972 Madrid, Spain Clay United States Stan Smith Spain Andrés Gimeno
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–2, 6–2
11. 1972 Rome, Italy Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac Australia Lew Hoad
South Africa Frew McMillan
3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 5–3, RET.
12. 1972 Hamburg, Germany Clay Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš South Africa Bob Hewitt
Romania Ion Ţiriac
4–6, 6–0, 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
13. 1972 Montreal, Canada Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Czechoslovakia Jan Kukal
7–6, 6–3
14. 1973 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) United States Clark Graebner West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
Spain Juan Gisbert
6–2, 6–4
15. 1973 Calgary, Canada Indoor United States Mike Estep Hungary Szabolcz Baranyi
Hungary Péter Szőke
7–6, 6–3
16. 1973 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) United States Clark Graebner United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ion Ţiriac
6–2, 6–1
17. 1973 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Spain Juan Gisbert France Georges Goven
France Patrick Proisy
6–4, 5–7, 6–4
18. 1973 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Jimmy Connors Australia John Cooper
Australia Neale Fraser
3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 8–9, 6–1
19. 1973 South Orange, U.S. Hard United States Jimmy Connors United States Richard Pancho Gonzales
United States Tom Gorman
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
20. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay Netherlands Tom Okker Spain Antonio Muñoz
Spain Manuel Orantes
4–6, 6–3, 6–2
21. 1973 Madrid, Spain Clay Netherlands Tom Okker Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Frew McMillan
2–6, 6–3, 7–5
22. 1973 Paris, France Hard (i) Spain Juan Gisbert United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 6–4
23. 1973 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Jimmy Connors Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Frew McMillan
7–6, 7–5
24. 1974 Bournemouth, England Clay Spain Juan Gisbert Italy Corrado Barazzutti
Italy Paolo Bertolucci
6–2, 7–5
25. 1974 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay United States Jimmy Connors West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
26. 1974 Barcelona, Spain Clay Spain Juan Gisbert Spain Manuel Orantes
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
3–6, 6–0, 6–2
27. 1974 London, England Carpet United States Jimmy Connors United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
28. 1975 Salisbury, U.S. Carpet United States Jimmy Connors Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
29. 1975 South Orange, U.S. Clay United States Jimmy Connors Australia Dick Crealy
United Kingdom John Lloyd
7–6, 7–5
30. 1975 US Open, New York Clay United States Jimmy Connors Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–4, 6–4
31. 1975 Madrid, Spain Clay Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš Spain Juan Gisbert
Spain Manuel Orantes
7–6, 4–6, 9–7
32. 1976 Stockholm WCT, Sweden Carpet Soviet Union Alex Metreveli Netherlands Tom Okker
Italy Adriano Panatta
6–4, 7–5
33. 1977 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Italy Adriano Panatta India Vijay Amritraj
United States Dick Stockton
6–4, 3–6, 7–6
34. 1977 London WCT, England Hard (i) Italy Adriano Panatta United Kingdom Mark Cox
United States Eddie Dibbs
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
35. 1977 Houston WCT, U.S. Hard Italy Adriano Panatta Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–3, 6–4
36. 1977 Aix-en-Provence, France Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac France Patrice Dominguez
Sweden Rolf Norberg
7–5, 7–6
37. 1979 Sarasota, U.S. Carpet Israel Steve Krulevitz United States John James
United States Keith Richardson
7–6, 6–3
38. 1979 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez Paraguay Victor Pecci
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 6–4
39. 1979 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard United States Brian Gottfried United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
1–6, 6–3, 7–6
40. 1979 Atlanta, U.S. Hard South Africa Raymond Moore Australia Steve Docherty
United States Eliot Teltscher
6–4, 6–2
41. 1979 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Netherlands Tom Okker United States Mike Cahill
Australia Colin Dibley
7–5, 6–4
42. 1981 Nancy, France Hard (i) Italy Adriano Panatta United Kingdom John Feaver
Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
43. 1981 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Argentina José Luis Clerc Switzerland Markus Günthardt
Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
7–6, 6–7, 7–6
44. 1981 Paris, France Hard (i) France Yannick Noah United Kingdom Andrew Jarrett
United Kingdom Jonathan Smith
6–4, 6–4
45. 1985 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard United States Brad Gilbert South Africa Michael Robertson
Romania Florin Segărceanu
6–3, 6–2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Octagon > Athletes & Personalities > Ilie Nastase". Octagon-uk.com. 19 July 1946. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Ilie Nastase "Bucharest Bufoon" at the Wayback Machine (archived December 22, 2007). tennisfame.com
  4. ^ "Nastase embodies an era with a touch of class". The Independent (London). 28 June 2003. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "France honours beloved Nastase". Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Jim Sarni (24 August 1986). "Nastase Aces Novel Of Tennis Break Point.". SunSentinel. 
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  9. ^ "LE-A IUBIT ŞI LE-A FERICIT! ELE AU FOST MIRESELE LUI ILIE NĂSTASE!language=Romanian". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ilie Năstase şi Brigitte Sfăt s-au casatorit. Ţiriac: Spune ce vrei, dar să nu mă chemi la divorţ, pentru că nu vin !" (in Romanian). Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Tournament History". Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
World No. 1
23 August 1973 – 2 June 1974
Succeeded by
John Newcombe