Monday, 25 September, 2017

WTA condemn Madrid Open organisers for Nastase presence

Ilie Nastase and Simona Halep Nastase was in the presentation party at the trophy ceremony
Rita Gibson | 16 May, 2017, 13:07

Mladenovic wa playing in her first final of a mandatory event and felt that she had the determination to make things happen for herself by winning this title.

Nastase is now serving a provisional suspension by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as a result of his behaviour during April's Fed Cup tie against Great Britain.

The decision to allow Nastase, who has been provisionally suspended by the ITF for bad behavior during a Fed Cup tie, to take part in the trophy ceremony by Ion Tiriac was criticized by WTA CEO Steve Simon.

If you would have said a couple of months ago that Simona Halep would become one of the leading favorites to capture this year's Roland Garros crown, most people probably would have laughed.

Romania's Simona Halep successfully defended her Madrid Open title by downing France's Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-7 (5-7) and 6-2, in a hard-fought final.

"He had no place on court", he said in a statement on the WTA website.

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However, Halep thanked the former World No 1 before happily posing for a picture with him courtside.

"He is now under a provisional suspension by the ITF for his prior offensive actions and we revoked his credential privileges at WTA events while the investigation is being completed".

"It was both irresponsible and unacceptable of the Madrid Open to bestow him an official role", he added. I think it was a great final. It was a low point for Halep who let her frustrations show on court-something she has been trying to contain after being reprimanded by her coach Darren Cahill about her behavior during an on-court coaching meeting at Miami this spring. Great spirit, attitude, great game. And it was not what she would have ever ordered for the start of this 2017 season when four tournaments out of seven, she lost at the first or second rounds of play.

The Spaniard looks in ominous form with just over two weeks to go till the start of the French Open as he stretched his ideal record on clay this season to 14-0 with a dominant display.

Mladenovic saved break points in her opening service game, but couldn't repeat the trick when faced with two more as Halep broke for a 2-1 lead.

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