The International Tennis Federation suspended the 71-year-old Nastase from the Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019 and from working in an official capacity in the sport until 2021.
Both bans were reduced by eight months by an independent tribunal on Wednesday. His fine was doubled, though, to $20,000.
In a statement released in Bucharest, Nastase said he welcomed the court’s “conclusion that I am not a racist, nor that I had any racist intentions when I made the remark in relation to Ms Serena Williams’ child.”
He also hurled abuse at British player Johanna Konta and the umpire during a match, and made “unwelcome advances of a sexual nature” toward Britain captain Anne Keothavong.
Nastase added that, “While I have learned my lesson from this experience, I also hope that now they (the ITF) will realize that their treatment toward me was exaggerated.”
He said he would comply with tribunal’s decision and not attend Romanian Fed Cup matches this weekend against Canada.
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