Case 5

Ile Nastace

Tennis Superstar in the 70's

ilie Nastase  (1946 -          ) From Bucharest, Romania


Starting in 1966, Nastase traveled the world participating in tennis championships and representing Romania.  In 1973 Nastase became the undisputed World #1 player, winning 17 tournaments, including the French Open, a doubles title at Wimbledon, and a third Masters title. 


Considered one of the most gifted tennis players in history, Ilie Nastase 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, thus nicknamed the "Bucharest Buffoon",