Twenty-three-time grand slam champion Serena Williams took to Instagram to denounce tennis legend Ilie Nastase, who began what turned out to be two tumultuous days of ill-advised, unfiltered insults, by making racist comments about the appearance of her unborn baby.
At a press conference last Friday, Nastase felt the need to share his less than flattering speculations about Williams’s unborn child following her announcement last Wednesday that she and fiancé Alexis Ohanian, who is white, were expecting. “Let’s see what color it has” Nastase said when speaking to Romanian and British reporters. “Chocolate with milk?”
Less than 24 hours later, Nastase was ejected from the Fed Cup match between Romania and Great Britain, and provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation following a tirade of verbal abuse in which he referred to Romanian Hall of Fame player Johanna Konta and Great Britain’s captain, Anna Keothavong, “f**king bitches.” According to CNN journalist Danielle Rossingh, Nastase took it one step further when, during pictures following the match, the Romanian captain made several inappropriate comments including asking for her hotel room number.
Catching wind of the comments, Williams, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, offered her thoughts on the events in a post on Instagram, and voiced her support for the ITF’s decision and her disappointment that such comments persist in today’s society.
The ITF has launched an investigation into Nastase’s conduct but when questioned about his comments, Nastase responded with little remorse. “I don’t know what all the fuss is about,” he remarked.
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