Ilie Năstase (75 years old) was asked by Italian journalists to introduce them to the magic of the Champions Tournament in Turin, a competition in which the Romanian tennis player wrote history. However, “Nasty” is not impressed by the current generation, saying that the tennis of his time was much more fascinating.
Ilie Năstase played five consecutive finals at Tournament of Champions, since 1971! Four of them were won by the legendary Romanian tennis player.
Thus, Nastase is most entitled to criticize today’s players, and “Nasty” said things by name, as usual, in a savory interview acordat publicației Corriere della Sera!
Ilie Năstase dismisses today’s tennis players before the Champions Tournament: “It’s useless to make comparisons with my age”
The Champions Tournament starts on Sunday, November 14, but Ilie Năstase doesn’t think he will watch the matches in Torino! The Romanian confessed that the only tennis matches he still watches are the ones played by Simona Halep and Emma Răducanu in the WTA circuit: “Today, everyone plays tennis in the same way, as if they were Formula 1 cars! Only Federer stands out, but something happened to him too. I’m bored (no – men’s tennis)! I only look at Simona Halep, my compatriot, and at the very young ones, like Emma Răducanu ”, Ilie Năstase declared for Corriere de la Serra.
Ilie Năstase says that there is no comparison between current tennis and white sport in the ’70s: “Tennis has become too physical a sport, everyone is tall and strong, it is useless to make comparisons with my age. In my time, everyone had their own style, their own personality. The Champions Tournament was like a holiday at the end of the season, a kind of trip through the capitals of the world. In the evening we all went out to dinner together. Everyone had their own style, their own personality. “
The memorable joke that Ilie Năstase did to Adriano Panatta! He entered the field with a black cat
To make young people realize how fascinating tennis was in its time, Ilie Năstase also told a delicious story! The Romanian made a memorable prank to the superstitious Adriano Panatta: “We went out to dinner in Monte Carlo, the restaurant was in the mountains and we drove three cars! Suddenly, Adriano stops his, because a black cat cut his way! He made us turn around and go around 25 km so that we wouldn’t have to cross there!
In Paris, I take revenge! I give 500 francs to Mabruk, who took care of the locker room, to find me a black cat. I put it in my bag and take it to the field in the doubles match against Panatta and Bertolucci. I let it go after heating! Adriano runs away, gets angry and doesn’t feel like it. I won 6-0, 6-1 ″, said Ilie Năstase, the first leader of men’s tennis.
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