Mihnea-Ion Năstase

Mihnea-Ion Năstase
Country (sports) Romania Romania
Residence Oldsmar, Florida
Born (1967-02-07) February 7, 1967
Bucharest, Romania
Height 6' (183 cm)
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $54,828
Career record 0-3
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 279 (13 Jul 1992)
Career record 10-11
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 159 (10 Jun 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (1989)

Mihnea-Ion Năstase (born 7 February 1967) is a former professional tennis player from Romania. He is a nephew of two-time Grand Slam winner Ilie Năstase and his father, Constantin Năstase, was a Romanian Davis Cup representative.[1]


Năstase was born in Bucharest but grew up in Italy and went to college in the United States, where he played tennis for Mississippi State University.[2]

Partnering Leonardo Lavalle, Năstase was a winner in the boy's doubles event at the 1984 US Open. It was his second Grand Slam final, having finished runner-up to Mark Kratzmann and Simon Youl in the 1983 Wimbledon Championships, with Olli Rahnasto.[3]

In 1984, Năstase became the third member of his family to play for the Romanian Davis Cup team. With Andrei Dîrzu, he took part in Romania's doubles rubber against West Germany in their World Group Relegation Play-off. The West Germans won the match and the tie. Năstase never appeared in the Davis Cup again.[4]

The Romanian was primarily a doubles player and it was in the men's doubles that he made his only senior Grand Slam appearance.[5] It was in the 1989 Wimbledon Championships, where he and Lan Bale lost in the opening round to Javier Frana and his former junior partner Leonardo Lavalle.[5]

He was a semi-finalist with Borja Uribe at Florence in 1989 but his best performance came in the 1990 Sanremo Open, which he and Goran Prpic won.[5]

ATP Career Finals

Doubles: 1 (1–0)

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1990 Italy Sanremo, Italy Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Prpić Sweden Ola Jonsson
Sweden Fredrik Nilsson
3–6, 7–6, 6–3

Challenger Titles

Doubles: (3)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1989 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia Hard United States Brian Page Australia Neil Borwick
Australia Stephen Furlong
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
2. 1989 Cyprus Nicosia, Cyprus Clay India Srinivasan Vasudevan United Kingdom Sean Cole
United Kingdom Nick Fulwood
6–3, 6–7, 6–1
3. 1991 India Bangalore, India Clay Georgia (country) Vladimir Gabrichidze United Kingdom Sean Cole
Germany Martin Zumpft
2–6, 7–5, 6–3


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