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The Honeymoon is Over - Ilie Nastase criticizes Halep for not playing Fed Cup

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Former No. 1 Ilie Nastase criticized Simona Halep for deciding not to play Fed Cup. The Romanians will play against Canada in Montreal next week. Halep said she needed to rest after playing a lot this year, recently winning Doha, Indian Wells and reaching the semifinals of Miami.

However, there were questions from Nastase, who almost always played Davis Cup, ending his career with 109 wins and 37 losses. Halep has 12 wins and six losses in Fed Cup. The world No. 3 is next scheduled to play Stuttgart in two weeks.

"Ask Halep why she doesn’t want to play for Romania. Why she goes to Stuttgart and not play at the Fed Cup," Nastase told Romanian reporters. "I went to the Davis Cup for my country, and she goes to Stuttgart… I find it reprehensible that she says she's tired, but she goes to Stuttgart. I would ask a question—what is important, the Fed Cup or Stuttgart?... You only play once or twice a year on the national team. Maybe she does not like team spirit. You do not get No. 1 if you play in Stuttgart. You reach No. 1 if you think about the Grand Slams."

Halep did play for Romania in February at home, defeating Spain, where she split her singles matches. She said that she has played quite a few times. In 2014, she played the Europe/Africa tie as well as the World Group play-off against Serbia.

"When I can I always play in Fed Cup, to perform well. Last year I played in Fed Cup injured, taking a risk," she said in a statement. "I have always been available. This year, the calendar of tournaments made it impossible for me to participate in Fed Cup. If the tie were to be played somewhere close to Stuttgart, I would have played with my team with great pleasure. But after a long time spent in North America, to come back to Romania, leave for Canada and travel once again to be back to Germany, I would have been way too tired. Everyone is allowed to express their opinions, that is for sure, but I repeat myself—I play for Romania every day, not just when I compete in Fed Cup. I really hope the girls are going to manage to win even without me. I keep my fingers crossed for them."

The Romanians have nominated Irina-Camelia Begu, Alexandra Dulgheru, Andrea Mitu and Raluca Olaru for the tie against Canada.

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Re: The Honeymoon is Over - Ilie Nastase criticizes Halep for not playing Fed Cup

I think we already had a thread on this

But he is right How can you be tired but still keep on having a busy schedule
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I think she has every right whether to play or not.

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I think she has every right whether to play or not.
Yes, yes and again yes!
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He exaggerated here, big time

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I think we already had a thread on this
Whoops. Sorry. I'll check and if so I'll delete this one.

I checked and didn't find one.

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But he is right How can you be tired but still keep on having a busy schedule
It's less about being tired and more about this tie taking place across the Atlantic, on hard courts, right at the start of the clay season.
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All the success has been getting to her head.

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She has the choice to play or not to play Fed Cup. And people will have opinions on it and that's fine too.

She's not the first top player to skip Fed Cup..

Victoria Azarenka.
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To some people, Fed Cup is a big deal. To others, not so. I don't see anything wrong with her decision not to prioritise Fed Cup.
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Nastase is out of order. Simo has played her heart out for Romania in Fed Cup recently. And it's not like the other girls aren't good enough to beat Canada without her.

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But he is right How can you be tired but still keep on having a busy schedule
Going to Canada and back to Stuttgart would make it more tiring (2 big time zone changes in a few days), and even busier.

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Fed Cup? lol. People play Fed Cup when it helps and fits with their schedule. Also Ilie Nastase is a jealous, bad behaved and poor educated old man , he is also afraid that Halep will be more important in RO tennis than him in the future years.
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"Ask Halep why she doesn’t want to play for Romania. Why she goes to Stuttgart and not play at the Fed Cup," Nastase told Romanian reporters. "I went to the Davis Cup for my country, and she goes to Stuttgart… I find it reprehensible that she says she's tired, but she goes to Stuttgart. I would ask a question—what is important, the Fed Cup or Stuttgart?... You only play once or twice a year on the national team. Maybe she does not like team spirit. You do not get No. 1 if you play in Stuttgart. You reach No. 1 if you think about the Grand Slams."
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This isnt about davis cup really. This is about an ex legend feeling threatened about an upcoming capturing peoples heart in his own country. Simona is getting so much attention and love in Romania and this seem to bother him. Anyway she gave him the most pc answer one can give. I respect him and his achievements and everyone is entitled to their opinion. i respect everyones opinion and booom it makes him look even more aggressive
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Fed Cup? lol. People play Fed Cup when it helps and fits with their schedule. Also Ilie Nastase is a jealous, bad behaved and poor educated old man , he is also afraid that Halep will be more important in RO tennis than him in the future years.
Agree with this part.

I'm not particulary happy when a player skipped Fed Cup but, in Simona case is understandable. She has a lot of points to defend during the clay season. Sometimes you're interest must be above your country even if some will be bother by that.

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