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WTA condemn Madrid Open organisers for Nastase presence

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 00:30

Romanian Simona Halep wins Madrid Open over Kristina Mladenovic overshadowed by presence of controversial Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase.

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VIDEO SHOWS: VARIOUS STILL IMAGES OF SIMONA HALEP'S WIN OVER MLADENOVIC IN MADRID OPEN FINAL WITH ILIE NASTASE APPEARING AT TROPHY CEREMONY SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 13, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. STILL OF SIMONA HALEP IN ACTION DURING MADRID OPEN FINAL 2. STILL OF KRISTINA MLADENOVIC IN ACTION DURING FINAL 3. STILL OF HALEP 4. STILL OF HALEP CELEBRATING AS SHE WINS 5. STILL OF HALEP CELEBRATING WITH TROPHY WITH CONTROVERSIAL ROMANIAN FED CUP CAPTAIN ILIE NASTASE BY HER SIDE STORY: The head of women's tennis Steve Simon has condemned the Madrid Open organisers for allowing controversial Romanian Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase to take part in the trophy presentation ceremony following Saturday's (May 13) final. The 70-year-old is under investigation by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) following last month's Fed Cup tie with Britain, where he swore at members of the opposing team and made a derogatory remark about Serena Williams's unborn child. However, the former world number one shared the stage with Madrid champion and compatriot Simona Halep, who defended her title with a 7-5 6-7 (5) 6-2 victory over Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. Following the incidents at the World Group playoff tie in Constanta, the French Open announced that Nastase would not be given accreditation to this year's tournament, while Wimbledon organisers have also moved to deny him entry to their event.

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WTA condemn Madrid Open organisers for Nastase presence

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 00:30