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Ashleigh Barty-led Australia knock US out of Fed Cup

Barty and Priscilla Hon win decisive doubles rubberAustralia set up semi-final clash with Belarus in AprilAshleigh Barty has led the way and debutante Priscilla Hon was her reliable sidekick as Australia knocked the United States out of the Fed Cup to …

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Johanna Konta’s gutsy win puts Britain into Fed Cup World Group play-off

• Konta battles fatigue to seal 2-0 victory over Serbia• Katie Boulter earlier won her rubber in straight setsJohanna Konta has already achieved many things in her career, including being within one win of a Wimbledon final, but in terms of sheer effor…

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Johanna Konta’s tough win against Hungary seals Fed Cup play-off spot

• Konta beat Anna Bondar, Katie Boulter also wins in three• Great Britain to play Serbia in Saturday’s play-offJohanna Konta kept her nerve to subdue Anna Bondar of Hungary, ranked 224 in the world, in three sets and take Great Britain into Saturday’s …

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Line call controversy clouds Great Britain’s Fed Cup win over Greece

• Katie Boulter and Johanna Konta set up decider with Hungary• Maria Sakkari: line judges were ‘worst I have ever seen’Great Britain set up a winner-takes-all Fed Cup clash with Hungary on Friday, but their victory against Greece was dogged by controve…

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Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter get GB’s Fed Cup off to winning start

• Boulter beats Slovenia youngster Kaja Juvan 6-4, 6-2 • Konta survives scare to defeat Dalila Jakupovic 7-6 (7), 6-2The path to promotion for Great Britain in the Fed Cup was never likely to be easy, even with a home crowd to call on. Johanna Konta an…

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Fed Cup: Anne Keothavong hopes home advantage will give Britain the X factor

• Great Britain at home for first time in 26 years• Fed Cup side face eight-team round-robin in BathIt is almost 26 years since Great Britain last played in the elite World Group level of the Fed Cup, the flagship team competition of women’s tennis. S…

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Great Britain to host home Fed Cup ties for first time in more than 25 years

• Bath University to host matches in 2019• ‘This will show everyone what Fed Cup is all about’Great Britain will host a home Fed Cup tie for the first time in more than 25 years in 2019, it was confirmed on Tuesday.The round-robin at Bath University fr…

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Serena Williams plays first competitive match in over a year at Fed Cup

Former world No1 plays alongside sister Venus in loss to HollandWilliams took time away from circuit to give birth to daughterSerena Williams played in her first competitive tennis match in over a year as she lined up alongside her sister Venus William…

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Ilie Nastase banned until 2020 for Romania v GB Fed Cup behaviour

• ‘Racially insensitive’ remarks and ‘advances of sexual nature’ among violations
• Romania captain’s comments adjudged to have been ‘threatening’ to journalist

Ilie Nastase has been handed a three-year ban from the Fed Cup over his behaviour during the match against Great Britain in Constanta in April.

Romania’s Fed Cup captain will be barred from acting in an official capacity at any International Tennis Federation event until December 2020 after a series of misdemeanours, including making threatening comments to a Press Association journalist.

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Serena Williams accuses Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and unborn child

US tennis great responds to controversial Romanian’s ‘chocolate with milk’ comment at Fed Cup tennis meeting in Romania

American tennis player Serena Williams has accused Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and her unborn baby as she made her first response to comments the Romanian former world No 1 made about her.

Nastase was overheard on Friday at a press conference for the Fed Cup tie between Romania and Britain saying about the current world No 1’s unborn baby: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?”

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Ilie Nastase must be evicted from tennis for his behaviour at Fed Cup | Kevin Mitchell

The Romanian gave great entertainment in his day, but he has crossed a line with his abuse of Johanna Konta, Anne Keothavong and Serena Williams

It is 45 years since Centre Court at Wimbledon rose to applaud the charismatic entertainer that was Ilie Nastase, loser of a memorable five-set final against the American Stan Smith. After the Romanian’s appalling behaviour in Constanta this weekend during Great Britain’s Fed Cup tie against the home team he coaches, it is unlikely a British audience will ever again give him such rapturous acclaim.

When the 70-year-old Nastase reduced Johanna Konta to tears in the second set of her match against Sorana Cirstea on Saturday by calling her, “a fucking bitch” he transformed a mere sporting event into ugly farce.

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Britain’s Fed Cup tie in Romania descends into chaos after Nastase tirade – video

Ilie Nastase sparks chaos with a foul-mouthed outburst during Great Britain’s tie in Romania on Saturday. Nastase is sent from the arena following a verbal tirade during the match between Johanna Konta and Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Konta is left visibly upset by the incident and plays one game in tears before taking a break to compose herself. Once back on court, Konta wins five straight games to take the match and level the overall tie

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Ilie Nastase faces censure for racist comments about Serena Williams

• Romanian heard to make remarks on eve of Fed Cup play-off
• International Tennis Federation understood to be investigating

Ilie Nastase could face censure after apparently making a racist comment about Serena Williams’ pregnancy on the eve of Romania’s Fed Cup play-off against Great Britain.

At a press conference to preview the tie in Constanta, which starts on Saturday, Romania’s captain was heard to say of Williams’ baby, due in the autumn: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?”

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Great Britain hopes riding on Johanna Konta as team eyes Fed Cup upset

• Storm has disrupted GB practice as they aim to beat Romania
• Maria Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, says Radwanska

Great Britain will hope they are not blown away by a Romanian storm as they try to end a 24-year wait to reach the elite level of the Fed Cup. Preparations for the World Group II play-off in the Black Sea resort of Constanta have been disrupted by high winds, rain and even snow, making outdoor practice hard at the Tenis Club IDU.

The forecast is better for the weekend, when a British team led by Johanna Konta will take on a strong Romanian line-up. The captain Anne Keothavong said: “It hasn’t been ideal. Yesterday was a complete wash-out, we were practising in the indoor bubble but it’s the same for both teams. It’s cold, it’s wet, the conditions will be heavy, but we’re ready.”

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Great Britain hopes riding on Johanna Konta as team eyes Fed Cup upset

• Storm has disrupted GB practice as they aim to beat Romania
• Maria Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, says Radwanska

Great Britain will hope they are not blown away by a Romanian storm as they try to end a 24-year wait to reach the elite level of the Fed Cup. Preparations for the World Group II play-off in the Black Sea resort of Constanta have been disrupted by high winds, rain and even snow, making outdoor practice hard at the Tenis Club IDU.

The forecast is better for the weekend, when a British team led by Johanna Konta will take on a strong Romanian line-up. The captain Anne Keothavong said: “It hasn’t been ideal. Yesterday was a complete wash-out, we were practising in the indoor bubble but it’s the same for both teams. It’s cold, it’s wet, the conditions will be heavy, but we’re ready.”

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US Tennis says sorry for using Nazi-era anthem before Germany Fed Cup match

• Obsolete ‘Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles’ version used in Hawaii
• ‘It was the worst experience that has ever happened to me’

The United States Tennis Association has apologised after a version of Germany’s historic national anthem associated with the Nazi regime was performed before a Fed Cup match.

A male soloist at the match on the Hawaiian island of Maui sang the verse beginning with the lines “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles, uber alles in der Welt”, which translates as “Germany, Germany, above all, above all in the world”.

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Great Britain to face Croatia in Fed Cup promotion play-off

• Tie secured following wins for Jo Konta and Heather Watson over Turkey
• Britain finished top of Pool C and now eyeing World Group II place

Great Britain will face Croatia in a Fed Cup promotion play-off after wins for Johanna Konta and Heather Watson secured victory over Turkey in Tallinn.

Konta had to fight back from a set down to beat Cagla Buyukakcay 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 while Watson thrashed Ipek Soylu 6-0, 6-1 as Britain took an unassailable lead in the three-match tie.

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Johanna Konta included in Anne Keothavong’s first Fed Cup squad

• Watson and Robson also included by Great Britain captain
• One more player to be added to team early next month

Anne Keothavong has named Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Laura Robson in her first Fed Cup squad as captain. Great Britainwill add one more face to their team on 7 February, the day before starting their three-day Europe/Africa Group One tie in Tallinn.

Related: Judy Murray steps aside as captain of Great Britain’s Fed Cup team

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Barbora Strycova key as Czech Republic beat France to retain Fed Cup

• Czech Republic beat France 3-2 to win fifth Fed Cup title in six years
• Strycova and Karolina Pliskova win decisive doubles 7-5, 7-5

Long before the last point was played in Strasbourg onlookers were wondering if they might be witnessing the greatest Fed Cup final in history. By the time Karolina Pliskova punched away the final volley to clinch the doubles rubber and give the Czech Republic a 3-2 victory over France for their fifth title in six years there seemed little doubt. Barbora Strycova, her partner, called it a fairytale.

The wonder was that Pliskova could summon the energy, having earlier lost in three sets to the world No23, Caroline Garcia, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. That defeat, which left France 2-1 up with two matches left and one win away from a first title since 2003 – came less than 24 hours after the Czech had overcome Kristina Mladenovic 16-14 in the third set of the bruising opening rubber.

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Future Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals set to be staged at neutral venues

• International Tennis Federation considering various changes to competitions
• Bidding process for cities interested in hosting finals to begin in December

Future Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals are set to be staged at a neutral venue under new proposals laid out by the International Tennis Federation.

Related: Argentina’s Davis Cup gamble pays off to leave Britain’s Dan Evans devastated

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