Controversial former tennis star Ilie Nastase had an entire career’s worth of headlines for his comments and behaviour off the court, and now he’s under fire for making a gross, racist comment about Serena Williams‘ pregnancy.
The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behaviour 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.
Here’s Nastase asking Keothavong for her room number. You’ll have to lip read but it’s not difficult pic.twitter.com/uft5uzoblK
— Eleanor Crooks (@EleanorcrooksPA) April 21, 2017
Icon or not, Ilie Nastase’s unsolicited and ignorant comment about Serena’s pregnancy is deplorable. @ITF_Tennis take action.
— MrEnterta1nment (@MrEnterta1nment) April 21, 2017