In the “truth is stranger than fiction” department, embattled former Romanian tennis star Ilie Nastase is now … a diplomat. Czech Republic foreign minister Lubomir Zaoralek announced Friday that the 71-year-old has agreed to become the country’s new honorary consul in Romania. Associated Press reports he will be based in Constanta. That is top Romanian player Simona Halep’s hometown – and the city where the drama during the Fed Cup tie against Great Britain occurred back in April.
It already was an inspired idea when Alisa Kleybanova and Vicky Duval teamed up for doubles at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Lubbock, Texas this week. Both have battled and overcome Hodgkin’s lymphoma. And both are slowly making their way back to the WTA Tour. It worked out better than any script you could ever write. On Friday, the pair won the doubles title out of the qualifying. And Saturday, the Russian Kleybanova and the American Duval will play each other in the final for the singles title.
American umpire Tony Nimmons, at one time the USTA’s only African-American silver badge umpire, has worked all of the major events. But he’s at odds with the USTA, for whom he no longer works. In the wake of Nimmons’ contention that the EEOC has verified claims of racial discrimination, and his claim that the USTA has penalized him for complaining, he has set up a petition to be sent to the New York City mayor. It’s interesting reading.
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