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From Tennis Star to Mayor?

If a movie star could become President of the United States and an electrician could be President of Poland, why not a tennis player as the Mayor of Bucharest? Former tennis great Ilie Nastase has returned to his home country of Romania, where he is in a hot-and-cold campaign for the mayoralty of his native country's capital city.

Nastase, 50, ran as a candidate of the Party of Social Democracy in the election held Sunday, June 2. Although there were 47 candidates in the field, Nastase's main opponent was Victor Ciorbea, a union leader, The results of the election were inconclusive, as not enough voters turned out to validate the count. A 50 percent turnout of registered voters is required to validate the election.

Ilie Nastase was one of the world's top tennis players during the 1970s. In 1973 he ranked number one, ahead of such contemporary greats as John Newcombe, Jimmy Connors, Tom Okker, and Stan Smith. In that year, Nastase won both the U.S. Open and the French Open. Nastase was a fiery, competitor known to the press corps as "Nasty" because of his mercurial temperament.

Here are some Net resources that bring you news from, and information about, Romania:

Romania Libera Online edition of Romania's major national newspaper

Daily Events

Romanian Press Review

Travel Information

Are you a tennis fan? Connect to The World Wide Web Tennis Server, one of numerous information sources you can discover by searching McKinley's Magellan Internet Guide.

Posted June 9, 1996.
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