Ilie Nastase faces Wimbledon Royal Box ban after Fed Cup controversy

Former Wimbledon finalist Ilie Nastase will not be invited to the Royal Box at Wimbledon this year following his controversial behaviour at last month's Fed Cup tie against Great Britain.

Romania team captain Nastase, 70, was ejected from the match in Constanta following a foul-mouthed tirade directed at his British counterpart Anne Keothavong and British No. 1 Johanna Konta.

Philip Brook, chairman of the All England Club, said: "We have to say, his actions were not very good and we condemn them. In terms of an invitation to the Royal Box, he is not going to receive an invitation this year."

Nastase, a singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1972 and 1976, has been temporarily suspended by the International Tennis Federation while its investigation takes place, but Wimbledon is yet to issue a ban of its own.

The All England Club's chief executive Richard Lewis, however, said the tournament would uphold any ITF suspension and even stop Nastase from attending the Championships as a member of the public.

"If he is suspended and we noticed him, he would be stopped," Lewis said.

The Fed Cup affair was one of a series of incidents for which Nastase is now awaiting sanction by the ITF.

Nastase has been accused of making racist remarks to Serena Williams' unborn baby and verbally abusing a Press Association journalist.

Nastase did not take long to respond to the All England Club's decision, accusing them of being "small-minded" and of treating Romanians like "morons".

In an interview with the Romanian website ProSport, he also accused Wimbledon officials of having short memories, after he was one of only four seeded men's players to defy a boycott of the Championships by players' body the ATP in 1973.

Nastase said: "Look at it however you want -- revenge, maybe? I don't care.

"In 1973, when everyone else refused to play at Wimbledon but I did - does that not count for something? Do they not think about that?

"But if they are going to be so small-minded about it, there's nothing I can do. What does Wimbledon have to do with what I said about Serena and at the match in Romania?

"If I did something stupid at Wimbledon then I'd understand if I were then suspended but, in this case, I don't get it.

"If they consider it normal to deny someone -- a 71-year-old [sic] -- the chance to watch tennis matches, then that's their problem. It must mean we Romanians are morons... otherwise I don't understand it."