Now Nastase is banned from the French Open too

Organisers of the French Open have followed in the footsteps of their Wimbledon counterparts by barring Ilie Nastase from their Grand Slam tournament.

Nastase has become somewhat of a tennis pariah since his behaviour during a Fed Cup tie between Romania and Great Britain made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Romania's Fed Cup captain was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after making an alleged racist comment about Serena Williams' unborn baby. 

He then followed that up by launching a foul-mouthed tirade at Britain captain Anne Keothavong and British No 1 Johanna Konta during a match the following day.

Other highlights of the 70-year-old's eventful weekend included asking Keothavong for her room number during press conferences and confronting tennis correspondent Eleanor Crooks over her reporting.

On Wednesday, the All England Club announced that Nastase would not receive his traditional invitation to Wimbledon's royal box.

Nastase slammed the decision, telling Romanian website ProSport: "What does Wimbledon have to do with what I said about Serena and at the match in Romania?"

"If I did something stupid at Wimbledon then I'd understand if I were then suspended. But in this case, I don't get it.

"In 1973, when everyone else refused to play at Wimbledon [because of a boycott by the Association of Tennis Professionals] but I did – does that not count for something? Do they not think about that?

"If they are going to be so small-minded about it, there's nothing I can do."

Now Nastase has also learned that he is not welcome at Roland Garros, the scene of one of his two Grand Slam triumphs in 1973.

A statement on the official Roland Garros Twitter account reads: "Following the decision of his suspension by the @ITF–Tennis, Mr. Ilie Nastase won't be accredited for #RG17."

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