Ilie Nastase, winner of two Grand Slam titles, granted an interview to the Swiss website Tages Anzeiger during his stay in Gstaad, on the occasion of the ATP 250 that takes place this week. After receiving his first prize as a tennis player, the Romanian had bought a Ferrari.
Looking back, that was not a good choice according to Nastase: "Yes, I made mistakes like all the guys. It was a stupid decision, but it took me a while to realize it. I bought it and then I realized it was something stupid." "I do not think that I was a 'sex symbol.' Once in England, a group of fans made up of young girls came to see me, they behaved as hip-pop star fans.
But tennis is different," said former world number one. "It took me a year and a half to convince Jimmy Connors to play doubles with me. Sometimes he didn't want to play it to focus on the singles. At the end, we won Wimbledon and the US Open together, and Jimmy thanked me twice because it did make him a better singles player." IN THE NEXT PAGE, NASTASE TALKS ABOUT ROGER FEDERER