ATP Tour

Tiriac won't hand out Madrid Open trophies

Ion Tiriac (File)
Ion Tiriac (File)

Bucharest - Madrid Open organiser and former tennis player Ion Tiriac says he won't award any more trophies at his tournament because he is upset by the way his friend Ilie Nastase has been treated.

In an open letter to WTA CEO Steve Simon, Tiriac says he has decided not to hand out gold, diamond and solid silver replicas to winners of the women's event following "aggressive public commentaries" by the WTA.

Romanian player Simona Halep won the Madrid Open in May. Nastase was photographed next to her.

Simon called Nastase's presence "irresponsible and unacceptable."

The 70-year-old Nastase has been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation following his comments about Serena Williams' unborn baby and for foul-mouthed outbursts during a Fed Cup match between Romania and Britain in April.

loading... Live
England 0
Pakistan 87/2 (34.1 ov)
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
44% - 5913 votes
Cricket
11% - 1468 votes
Football
19% - 2519 votes
Athletics
2% - 309 votes
Boxing
1% - 123 votes
Cycling
2% - 304 votes
Golf
5% - 659 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1096 votes
Tennis
3% - 419 votes
Water sports
1% - 120 votes
American sports
1% - 129 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 385 votes
Vote