Ilie Nastase

Ilie Nastase
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As supremely talented as any champion, the rambunctious Romanian also had a natural inclination to generate controversy and drama. The fascinating combination powered the free spirit to the no. 1 ranking and titles at Roland Garros and Forest Hills but he fell one step short twice at Wimbledon. "Nasty" or "The Bucharest Buffoon" also holds the distinction of being the first pro sports figure to sign an endorsement contract with Nike. 

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