Ilie Nastase, Romanias captain, was heard to tell of Serena Williams baby, due in the autumn: Lets consider what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?
Ilie Nastase could face censure after apparently making a racist statement about Serena Williams pregnancy on the eve of Romanias Fed Cup play-off against Great Britain.
At a press conference to preview the tie in Constanta, which starts on Saturday, Romanias captain was heard to tell of Williams baby, due in the autumn: Lets consider what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?
Williams announced on Wednesday she is expecting her first child with her fianc, Alexis Ohanian, who is white, and will take time away from the tour.
Nastase was not asked about Williams himself but attained the comment, in Romanian and clear audible, to the other players while the Romanian No1, Simona Halep, was answering a question about the 23 -times grand slam singles champion.
The Romanian tennis federation declined to comment when informed of Nastases words while the International Tennis Federation is understood to be investigating.
These are the second controversial statements make use of Nastase about Williams in a month. In an interview with Romanian media the former world number 1 made totally unsubstantiated allegations of doping by Williams based purely on her physique.
Nastase was appointed captain of the Romania squad in October and is a former president of the countrys tennis federation. The 70 -year-old, who had a reputation as a playboy during and after his playing job, also clearly attained Great Britain captain, Anne Keothavong, feel uncomfortable with a number of inappropriate remarks.
Having asked for her chamber number during the official dinner on Thursday, Nastase then reiterated any such requests when the captains posed together for photograph following Fridays draw. When both teams were called back together, Nastase said to Keothavong, who is married and 18 weeks pregnant with her second child: We retain being attracted.