Serena Williams says Ilie Nastase’s new comments about her unborn child are “racist” and has given her subsidy to a full investigation.
Nastase, a former universe series one, was listened speculating either Williams’ child would be “chocolate with milk?”
“It disappoints me to know we live in a multitude where people like Ilie Nastase can make such extremist comments,” Williams pronounced in a statement.
Williams, 35, is due to give birth to her initial child in a autumn.
“I have pronounced it once and I’ll contend it again, this universe has come so distant though nonetheless we have so most serve to go,” Williams added. “Yes, we have damaged down so many barriers – however there are a engorgement some-more to go.
“This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into all that we do. we will continue to take a lead and mount adult for what’s right.”
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has launched an review into a comments done by 70-year-old Nastase, Romania’s Fed Cup captain, during a news discussion before their tie with Great Britain in Constanta final week.
“I humbly appreciate a ITF for any care given to all a contribution in this case. They will have my full support,” combined Williams, who announced her rendezvous to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in December.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion also enclosed passages from a poem ‘Still we Rise’ by American polite rights romantic Maya Angelou in her statement.
“I am not fearful like you. You see, we am no coward. Does my sassiness dissapoint you? Why are we raid with gloom? You might fire me with your words… we might try to kill me with your hatefulness, though still like a air, we rise.”
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Williams criticises Nastase’s diagnosis of GB team
Nastase’s comments about Williams were followed by a foul-mouthed outburst during Romania’s Fed Cup win over Great Britain.
Nastase swore during a referee before abusing Johanna Konta and GB captain Anne Keothavong – job them both “a bitch” mixed times – withdrawal Konta reduced to tears.
Before a tie began, he also put his arm firmly around Keothavong and asked for her room number, in reach of a examination media.
Williams referenced a incidents in Romania in her statement, observant Nastase had done “sexist comments opposite my peers”.
Nastase was criminialized from a tie and after handed a provisional cessation by a ITF.