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Ilie Năstase

Ilie Năstase
File:Ilie Nastase.jpg
Ilie Năstase in 2004
Country Romania
Born (1946-07-19) 19 July 1946 (age 73)
Bucharest, Romania
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Turned pro 1968 (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

File:Ilie Năstase (Davis Cup).jpg
Năstase playing a Davis Cup match against The Netherlands in The Hague (1973)
File:Stamps of Romania, 2004-096.jpg
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 Țiriac. 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

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

  • 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

Non-tennis activities

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

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

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 5 (2–3)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1971 French Open Clay 23x15px Jan Kodeš 6–8, 2–6, 6–2, 5–7
Runner-up 1972 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Stan Smith 6–4, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 1972 US Open Grass 23x15px Arthur Ashe 3–6, 6–3, 6–7(1:5), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 1973 French Open Clay 23x15px Nikola Pilić 6–3, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 1976 Wimbledon (2) Grass 23x15px Björn Borg 4–6, 2–6, 7–9

Doubles: 5 (3–2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1966 French Championships Clay 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Clark Graebner
23x15px Dennis Ralston
3–6, 3–6, 0–6
Winner 1970 French Open Clay 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Arthur Ashe
23x15px Charlie Pasarell
6–2, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1973 French Open Clay 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px John Newcombe
23x15px Tom Okker
1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 1973 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px John Cooper
23x15px Neale Fraser
3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 8–9(3), 6–1
Winner 1975 US Open Clay 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Tom Okker
23x15px Marty Riessen
6–4, 7–6

Mixed doubles: 3 (2–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1970 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Rosemary Casals 23x15px Olga Morozova
23x15px Alex Metreveli
6–3, 4–6, 9–7
Winner 1972 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Rosemary Casals 23x15px Evonne Goolagong Cawley
23x15px Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1972 US Open Grass 23x15px Rosemary Casals 23x15px Margaret Court
23x15px Marty Riessen
3–6, 5–7

Year-End Championships

Singles: 5 (4–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1971 Paris Hard (i) 23x15px Stan Smith 5–7, 7–6(4), 6–3
Winner 1972 Barcelona Hard (i) 23x15px Stan Smith 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 1973 Boston Carpet 23x15px Tom Okker 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1974 Melbourne Grass 23x15px Guillermo Vilas 6–7(6), 2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 1975 Stockholm Carpet 23x15px Björn Borg 6–2, 6–2, 6–1

Singles performance timeline

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

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

Singles titles (58)

As listed on the ATP website but including titles which predate the formation of the ATP in 1972.

No. Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
1. 1970 Salisbury, US Carpet (i) 23x15px Cliff Richey 6–8, 3–6, 6–4, 9–7, 6–0
2. 1970 Rome, Italy Clay 23x15px Jan Kodeš 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, 8–6
3. 1971 Richmond, US Hard (i) 23x15px Arthur Ashe 3–6, 6–2, 6–4
4. 1971 Hampton, US Hard (i) 23x15px Clark Graebner 7–5, 6–4, 7–6
5. 1971 Nice, France Hard 23x15px Jan Kodeš 10–8, 11–9, 6–1
6. 1971 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 23x15px Tom Okker 3–6, 8–6, 6–1, 6–1
7. 1971 Båstad, Sweden Clay 23x15px Jan Leschly 6–7, 6–2, 6–1, 6–4
8. 1971 Wembley, UK Hard (i) 23x15px Rod Laver 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
9. 1971 Tennis Masters Cup, Paris Carpet (i) 23x15px Stan Smith 5–7, 7–6, 6–3
10. 1972 Baltimore, US Hard 23x15px Jimmy Connors 1–6, 6–4, 7–6
11. 1972 Omaha, US Hard (i) 23x15px Ion Țiriac 2–6, 6–1, 6–1
12. 1972 Monte Carlo, Monaco (2) Clay 23x15px František Pala 6–1, 6–0, 6–3
13. 1972 Madrid, Spain Clay 23x15px František Pala 6–0, 6–0, 6–1
14. 1972 Nice, France Clay 23x15px Jan Kodeš 6–0, 6–4, 6–3
15. 1972 Düsseldorf, Germany Clay 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender 6–0, 6–2, 6–1
16. 1972 Toronto, Canada Clay 23x15px Andrew Pattison 6–4, 6–3
17. 1972 US Open, New York Grass 23x15px Arthur Ashe 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3
18. 1972 South Orange, US Hard 23x15px Manuel Orantes 6–4, 6–4
19. 1972 Seattle, US Hard 23x15px Tom Gorman 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
20. 1972 London Carpet (i) 23x15px Tom Gorman 6–4, 6–3
21. 1972 Tennis Masters Cup, Barcelona (2) Carpet (i) 23x15px Stan Smith 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3
22. 1973 Omaha, US Hard (i) 23x15px Jimmy Connors 5–0, retired
23. 1973 Calgary, Canada Hard (i) 23x15px Paul Gerken 6–4, 7–6
24. 1973 Washington Indoor, US Carpet (i) 23x15px Jimmy Connors 4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 5–7, 6–2
25. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay 23x15px Adriano Panatta 6–1, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
26. 1973 Monte Carlo, Monaco (3) Clay 23x15px Björn Borg 6–4, 6–1, 6–2
27. 1973 Madrid, Spain (2) Clay 23x15px Adriano Panatta 6–3, 7–6, 5–7, 6–1
28. 1973 Florence, Italy Clay 23x15px Adriano Panatta 6–3, 3–6, 0–6, 7–6, 6–4
29. 1973 French Open, Paris Clay 23x15px Nikola Pilić 6–3, 6–3, 6–0
30. 1973 Rome, Italy (2) Clay 23x15px Manuel Orantes 6–1, 6–1, 6–1
31. 1973 Queen's Club, London Grass 23x15px Roger Taylor 9–8, 6–3
32. 1973 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 23x15px Roy Emerson 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
33. 1973 Cincinnati, US Clay 23x15px Manuel Orantes 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
34. 1973 Torneo Godó-Barcelona, Spain Clay 23x15px Manuel Orantes 2–6, 6–1, 8–6, 6–4
35. 1973 Paris, France Hard (i) 23x15px Stan Smith 4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–0, 6–2
36. 1973 Tennis Masters Cup, Boston (3) Carpet (i) 23x15px Tom Okker 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
37. 1974 Richmond, US Carpet 23x15px Tom Gorman 6–2, 6–3
38. 1974 Washington WCT, US Carpet (i) 23x15px Tom Okker 6–3, 6–3
39. 1974 Bournemouth, UK Clay 23x15px Paolo Bertolucci 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
40. 1974 Cedar Grove, US Hard (i) 23x15px Juan Gisbert Sr. 6–4, 7–6
41. 1974 Madrid, Spain (3) Clay 23x15px Björn Borg 6–4, 5–7, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
42. 1974 Torneo Godó-Barcelona, Spain (2) Clay 23x15px Manuel Orantes 8–6, 9–7, 6–3
43. 1975 Barcelona, Spain Clay 23x15px Juan Gisbert Sr. 6–1, 7–5, 6–2
44. 1975 Valencia, Spain Clay 23x15px Manuel Orantes 6–3, 6–0
45. 1975 Madrid, Spain (4) Clay 23x15px Manuel Orantes 7–6, 6–1, 2–6, 6–3
46. 1975 South Orange, US Clay 23x15px Bob Hewitt 7–6, 6–1
47. 1975 Tennis Masters Cup, Stockholm (4) Hard (i) 23x15px Björn Borg 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
48. 1976 Atlanta WCT, US Carpet (i) 23x15px Jeff Borowiak 6–2, 6–4
49. 1976 Salisbury, US Carpet (i) 23x15px Jimmy Connors 6–2, 6–3, 7–6
50. 1976 La Costa, US Hard 23x15px Jimmy Connors 4–6, 6–0, 6–1
51. 1976 Pepsi Grand Slam, Myrtle Beach Clay 23x15px Manuel Orantes 6–4, 6–3
52. 1976 Honolulu Challenge Cup Hard 23x15px Arthur Ashe 6–3, 1–6, 6–7, 6–3, 6–1
53. 1976 South Orange, US Clay 23x15px Roscoe Tanner 6–4, 6–2
54. 1977 Mexico City WCT, Mexico Hard 23x15px Wojtek Fibak 4–6, 6–2, 7–6
55. 1977 Aix en Provence, France Clay 23x15px Guillermo Vilas 6–1, 7–5, ret.
56. 1976 Las Vegas Challenge Cup, US Hard 23x15px Jimmy Connors 3–6, 7–6, 6–4, 7–5
57. 1978 Miami, US Carpet (i) 23x15px Tom Gullikson 6–3, 7–5
58. 1978 Montego Bay Challenge Cup, Jamaica Hard 23x15px Peter Fleming 2–6, 5–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–4

Singles runner-ups (38)

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1969 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 23x15px Nikola Pilić 4–6, 6–4, 1–6
2. 1970 Brussels, Belgium Clay 23x15px Tom Okker 3–6, 4–6, 6–0, 6–4, 4–6
3. 1970 Hamburg, Germany Clay 23x15px Tom Okker 6–4, 3–6, 3–6, 4–6
4. 1971 Macon, U.S. Hard 23x15px Željko Franulović 4–6, 5–7, 7–5, 6–3, 6–7
5. 1971 French Open, Paris Clay 23x15px Jan Kodeš 6–8, 2–6, 6–2, 5–7
6. 1971 Brussels, Belgium Clay 23x15px Cliff Drysdale 0–6, 1–6, 5–7
7. 1971 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay 23x15px Željko Franulović 3–6, 6–7, 1–6
8. 1972 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Stan Smith 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 4–6
9. 1972 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Stan Smith 3–6, 2–6, 7–6, 4–6
10. 1972 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px Stan Smith 6–4, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 5–7
11. 1972 Båstad, Sweden Clay 23x15px Manuel Orantes 4–6, 3–6, 1–6
12. 1973 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Jimmy Connors 6–4, 3–6, 5–7, 3–6
13. 1973 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay 23x15px Adriano Panatta 8–6, 5–7, 3–6
14. 1973 London Carpet 23x15px Tom Okker 3–6, 4–6
15. 1974 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet 23x15px Tom Okker 3–6, 4–6
16. 1974 Hampton, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Jimmy Connors 4–6, 4–6
17. 1974 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 23x15px Andrew Pattison 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
18. 1974 Rome, Italy Clay 23x15px Björn Borg 3–6, 4–6, 2–6
19. 1974 Tennis Masters Cup, Melbourne Grass 23x15px Guillermo Vilas 6–7, 2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6
20. 1975 Basel, Switzerland Carpet 23x15px Jiří Hřebec 1–6, 6–7, 6–2, 4–6
21. 1975 Tucson, U.S. Hard 23x15px John Alexander 5–7, 2–6
22. 1975 Louisville, U.S. Clay 23x15px Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 3–6
23. 1975 Montreal, Canada Hard 23x15px Manuel Orantes 6–7, 0–6, 1–6
24. 1976 Baltimore, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Tom Gorman 5–7, 3–6
25. 1976 Hampton, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Jimmy Connors 2–6, 2–6, 2–6
26. 1976 Caracas WCT, Venezuela Clay 23x15px Raúl Ramírez 3–6, 4–6
27. 1976 Stockholm WCT, Sweden Carpet 23x15px Wojtek Fibak 4–6, 6–7
28. 1976 Nottingham, U.K. Grass 23x15px Jimmy Connors Match abandoned due to rain
29. 1976 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px Björn Borg 4–6, 2–6, 7–9
30. 1976 Hong Kong Hard 23x15px Ken Rosewall 3–6, 3–6
31. 1977 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet 23x15px Dick Stockton 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
32. 1977 Virginia Beach, U.S. Hard 23x15px Guillermo Vilas 2–6, 6–4, 2–6
33. 1978 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay 23x15px Brian Gottfried 6–3, 2–6, 1–6
34. 1978 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay 23x15px Vitas Gerulaitis 2–6, 0–6
35. 1978 Barcelona, Spain Clay 23x15px Balázs Taróczy 6–1, 5–7, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
36. 1979 Cleveland, U.S. Hard 23x15px Stan Smith 6–7, 5–7
37. 1981 Nancy, France Hard (i) 23x15px Pavel Složil 2–6, 5–7
38. 1981 Bologna, Italy Carpet 23x15px Sandy Mayer 5–7, 3–6

Sources for this section

  • 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)

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)

No. Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1970 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Arthur Ashe
23x15px Dennis Ralston
6–4, 6–3
2. 1970 French Open, Paris Clay 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Arthur Ashe
23x15px Charlie Pasarell
6–2, 6–4, 6–3
3. 1970 Rome, Italy Clay 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px William Bowrey
23x15px Owen Davidson
0–6, 10–8, 6–3, 6–8, 6–1
4. 1970 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Bob Hewitt
23x15px Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–4
5. 1971 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Clark Graebner
23x15px Thomaz Koch
6–4, 4–6, 7–5
6. 1971 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Tom Okker
23x15px Roger Taylor
1–6, 6–3, 6–3, 8–6
7. 1971 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay 23x15px Željko Franulović 23x15px Patricio Cornejo
23x15px Jaime Fillol
6–4, 6–4
8. 1972 Kansas City, U.S. Indoor 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Andrés Gimeno
23x15px Manuel Orantes
6–7, 6–4, 7–6
9. 1972 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Andrés Gimeno
23x15px Manuel Orantes
6–4, 7–6
10. 1972 Madrid, Spain Clay 23x15px Stan Smith 23x15px Andrés Gimeno
23x15px Manuel Orantes
6–2, 6–2
11. 1972 Rome, Italy Clay 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Lew Hoad
23x15px Frew McMillan
3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 5–3, RET.
12. 1972 Hamburg, Germany Clay 23x15px Jan Kodeš 23x15px Bob Hewitt
23x15px Ion Țiriac
4–6, 6–0, 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
13. 1972 Montreal, Canada Clay 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Jan Kodeš
23x15px Jan Kukal
7–6, 6–3
14. 1973 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Clark Graebner 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender
23x15px Juan Gisbert
6–2, 6–4
15. 1973 Calgary, Canada Indoor 23x15px Mike Estep 23x15px Szabolcz Baranyi
23x15px Péter Szőke
7–6, 6–3
16. 1973 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Clark Graebner 23x15px Jimmy Connors
23x15px Ion Țiriac
6–2, 6–1
17. 1973 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 23x15px Juan Gisbert 23x15px Georges Goven
23x15px Patrick Proisy
6–4, 5–7, 6–4
18. 1973 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px John Cooper
23x15px Neale Fraser
3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 8–9, 6–1
19. 1973 South Orange, U.S. Hard 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Richard Pancho Gonzales
23x15px Tom Gorman
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
20. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay 23x15px Tom Okker 23x15px Antonio Muñoz
23x15px Manuel Orantes
4–6, 6–3, 6–2
21. 1973 Madrid, Spain Clay 23x15px Tom Okker 23x15px Bob Carmichael
23x15px Frew McMillan
2–6, 6–3, 7–5
22. 1973 Paris, France Hard (i) 23x15px Juan Gisbert 23x15px Arthur Ashe
23x15px Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 6–4
23. 1973 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Bob Carmichael
23x15px Frew McMillan
7–6, 7–5
24. 1974 Bournemouth, England Clay 23x15px Juan Gisbert 23x15px Corrado Barazzutti
23x15px Paolo Bertolucci
6–2, 7–5
25. 1974 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender
23x15px Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
26. 1974 Barcelona, Spain Clay 23x15px Juan Gisbert 23x15px Manuel Orantes
23x15px Guillermo Vilas
3–6, 6–0, 6–2
27. 1974 London, England Carpet 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Brian Gottfried
23x15px Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
28. 1975 Salisbury, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Jan Kodeš
23x15px Roger Taylor
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
29. 1975 South Orange, U.S. Clay 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Dick Crealy
23x15px John Lloyd
7–6, 7–5
30. 1975 US Open, New York Clay 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Tom Okker
23x15px Marty Riessen
6–4, 6–4
31. 1975 Madrid, Spain Clay 23x15px Jan Kodeš 23x15px Juan Gisbert
23x15px Manuel Orantes
7–6, 4–6, 9–7
32. 1976 Stockholm WCT, Sweden Carpet 23x15px Alex Metreveli 23x15px Tom Okker
23x15px Adriano Panatta
6–4, 7–5
33. 1977 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Adriano Panatta Template:Country data IND Vijay Amritraj
23x15px Dick Stockton
6–4, 3–6, 7–6
34. 1977 London WCT, England Hard (i) 23x15px Adriano Panatta 23x15px Mark Cox
23x15px Eddie Dibbs
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
35. 1977 Houston WCT, U.S. Hard 23x15px Adriano Panatta 23x15px John Alexander
23x15px Phil Dent
6–3, 6–4
36. 1977 Aix-en-Provence, France Clay 23x15px Ion Țiriac 23x15px Patrice Dominguez
23x15px Rolf Norberg
7–5, 7–6
37. 1979 Sarasota, U.S. Carpet Template:Country data ISR Steve Krulevitz 23x15px John James
23x15px Keith Richardson
7–6, 6–3
38. 1979 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 23x15px Raúl Ramírez 23x15px Victor Pecci
23x15px Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 6–4
39. 1979 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard 23x15px Brian Gottfried 23x15px Robert Lutz
23x15px Stan Smith
1–6, 6–3, 7–6
40. 1979 Atlanta, U.S. Hard 23x15px Raymond Moore 23x15px Steve Docherty
23x15px Eliot Teltscher
6–4, 6–2
41. 1979 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard 23x15px Tom Okker 23x15px Mike Cahill
23x15px Colin Dibley
7–5, 6–4
42. 1981 Nancy, France Hard (i) 23x15px Adriano Panatta 23x15px John Feaver
23x15px Jiří Hřebec
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
43. 1981 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) 23x15px José Luis Clerc 23x16px Markus Günthardt
23x15px Pavel Složil
7–6, 6–7, 7–6
44. 1981 Paris, France Hard (i) 23x15px Yannick Noah 23x15px Andrew Jarrett
23x15px Jonathan Smith
6–4, 6–4
45. 1985 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard 23x15px Brad Gilbert 23x15px Michael Robertson
23x15px Florin Segărceanu
6–3, 6–2

See also

References

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Further reading

External links

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

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