Ilie Natashe in hot soup after racist comments against Serena's unborn child
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 19:13
Ilie Nastase could face discipline after apparently making a racist comment about Serena Williams' pregnancy on the eve of Romania's Fed Cup playoff against Great Britain.
Goffin was asked to replay game point after holding his serve for what would have been a 4-2 lead.
The ITF and ITF President David Haggerty released statements on the incident, noting that "a formal investigation is already underway".
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Team captain Nastase, 70, was thrown out after the comments on April 22 - one day after apparently making racially offensive comments about the unborn child of USA star Serena Williams. He was talking while the team's top player, Simona Halep, was answering a question about the American tennis champ.
He asked for her room number during the official dinner on Thursday and then repeated the request when the captains posed together for official photographs after Friday's draw, while putting his arm around Keothavong's shoulder.
And as he was finally escorted away from the venue by a group of security guards, he abused the reporter again, calling her "ugly". They have a heated discussion while Konta waits with GB captain Anne Keothavong.
Nastase called both Konta and Keothavong "a bitch" multiple times, as well as swearing at them.
Romania captain Nastase protests to the umpire, who summons match referee Andreas Egli.
Simona Halep's superiority on clay shone through as she won five games in a row to clinch the match.
Ilie Nastase freakish few days has ended in suspension from all ITF events. It was slightly embarrassing but it affected me more than I would have liked.
"I really enjoy representing my country and think the principles of what Fed Cup is about and the team environment is a great thing to be a part of".
"There's obviously an effect that yesterday had on me", Konta said.
"I've never been in an environment like that before".
"We've come here to play tennis".
"I was just trying to promote the interest of my girl".
Nastase has been provisionally suspended from all ITF events pending a full investigation.
Jo Konta, a set up against Sorana Cirstea and 1-1 in the second, complains to umpire Jaume Campistol about shouting from the crowd during a rally.
Nastase and Comaneci, who won five Olympic gymnastics gold medals and scored her sport's first ideal 10 in Montreal in 1976, are the two most high-profile sports stars in the country.
Sorana Cirstea was not happy about the situation saying to the press, "Johanna, speaking tennis wise, she was better than me today". Only because Johanna cried?
"I think there may have been a lack of communication to her about what was going on on my side of the court but I think nobody should have to put up with - in life or in any way - to feel verbally threatened and subjected to that sort of abuse". You have to toughen up. When I got older, perhaps 20, and he asked me for about the 30th time, I said, 'would you please stop asking me that?. I am not saying it was fake, but it was not logical. Then we play another game, I win it, and then suddenly you started crying and let's go off the court.