Captain Ilie Nastase, a Romanian tennis legend is in hot water after allegedly making a racist comment about Serena Williams’ unborn baby and getting tossed from a Fed Cup match against Great Britain for yelling obscenities from his courtside seat the next day.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has launched an investigation into Nastase’s behavior.
At the Fed Cup draw in Constanta on Friday, the 70-year-old former world No. 1 was heard speaking in Romanian about Williams’ baby.
He was quoted as saying;
“Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?“
Williams, who confirmed her pregnancy through a spokesperson last week, is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who is white.
On Monday the tennis star posted a photo on Instagram with a note she penned to her unborn child.
The Federation said in a statement that;
“The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behavior of any kind.”
“We are aware of alleged comments made by Romanian Captain Ilie Nastase and have begun an immediate investigation so that we have the full facts of the situation before taking further and appropriate action.”
By Sunday, the ITF had slapped Nastase with a provisional suspension.
An ITF statement read: