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Tennis Ilie Nastase has suspension cut for Fed Cup abuse

ILIE NASTASE had his ban for his conduct during Romania’s Fed Cup tie against Great Britain marginally reduced on appeal today but his fine doubled.

The two-time former grand slam champion, who was captaining the Romania side for the World Group II play-off in Constanta last April, was sanctioned for a number of offences by the International Tennis Federation.

Those included making a racist remark about Serena Williams’s child, inappropriate behaviour towards GB captain Anne Keothavong and verbally abusing Keothavong, Johanna Konta and match officials.

The 71-year-old was initially banned from attending any ITF events, including Fed Cup and Davis Cup, until the end of 2018 and from holding any official positions until the end of 2020.

His bans will now end on April 23 2018 and 2020 respectively, but his fine has been doubled to $20,000 (£14,000).

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