BUCHAREST, Romania — Serena Williams has spoken out in response to suspended Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase’s feedback speculating concerning the pores and skin coloration of the child the pregnant Williams is anticipating.
The 23-time main champion wrote on Instagram on Monday: “It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and (my) unborn child.”
Williams is black. Her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is white.
Williams additionally referred to Nastase’s “sexist comments against my peers” — a reference to his verbal abuse directed at British participant Johanna Konta, British captain Anne Keothavong and the chair umpire throughout Fed Cup matches over the weekend. He was ejected from the Romania vs. Britain contest and provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation.
Williams stated: “I humbly thank the ITF for any consideration given to all the facts in this case. They will have my full support.”
She additionally wrote: “I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers- however there are a plethora more to go. This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything that I do. I will continue to take a lead and stand up for what’s right.”
Nastase, for his half, was unrepentant, saying that he didn’t imagine his remarks at a information convention Friday about Williams’ child had been racist.
“I want to know what word I used is racist?” he stated Monday in a phone interview with The Associated Press from Budapest, Hungary.
He added that he’s a good friend of Williams.
As for what occurred in the course of the matches against Britain, Nastase acknowledged: “Yes, I lost my temper.”
But he referred to as his punishment “crazy.”
Nastase earned the nickname “Nasty” for his on-court outbursts and gamesmanship in his taking part in heyday within the 1970s. But it additionally described his recreation, which earned him two Grand Slam singles titles and greater than 100 ATP titles. He’s a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Reactions in Romania to Nastase’s outburst have been blended.
George Cosac, the chairman of the Romanian Tennis Federation, defended Nastase by suggesting he was picked on by the British officers. Ion Tiriac, a businessman and Nastase’s previous doubles associate, additionally stood by him, criticizing Konta for strolling off the courtroom.
However, many Romanians had been crucial of Nastase on social media, saying he embarrassed himself and Romania.
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