Mr. Nastase: The Autobiography - Ilie Nastase; Debbie Beckerman;lCollinsWillow, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Mr Nastase is the amazing story of how a young sportsman from Romania became a heart-throb superstar: the enfant terrible of tennis whose name became recognisable far beyond the confines of the game. The ultimate enigma.’ observed one BBC commentator. Nastase never had a tennis lesson in his life and he was eighteen before his first trip outside the Iron Curtain. As an amateur on the tennis circuit, he would try anything to get invitations to tournaments, including charming the director’s wife and sleeping rough on the beach to save money. By the late sixties, he was beating his childhood idols Roy Emerson and Manuel Santana and making a name for himself as a rare talent and natural crowd-pleaser. Winner of two Grand Slam titles, the US and French Opens, and twice a Wimbledon finalist, Nastase was ranked No 1 in the world in 1973. He was involved in titanic battles with players like Stan Smith. Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg but also became increasingly embroiled in disputes with umpires and spectators. In his book, he reveals for the first time what went on in his mind and why he could turn from being spectacular and amusing one minute to wild and boorish the next. But Nastase was much more than a controversial champion. An A-list celebrity, whose friends include Andy Warhol, Sting and Clint Eastwood he loved the company of beautiful women, among them Bianca Jagger and Claudia Cardinale. He ran for Mayor of Bucharest after the fall of the Ceausescu dictatorship and has much to say about Romania both during and after Communism. Nowadays, he enriches the Seniors’ tour and has business interests around the world.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 384 pages.