“Racist”. That’s what Serena Williams says about comments made by Ilie Nastase about her unborn child and has given her backing to a full investigation.
Nastase, a former world number one, was heard speculating whether Williams’ child would be “chocolate with milk?”
“It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments,” Williams said in a statement.
Williams, 35, is due to give birth to her first child in the autumn.
“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,” Williams added. “Yes, we have broken down so many barriers – however there are a plethora more to go.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has launched an investigation into the comments made by 70-year-old Nastase, Romania’s Fed Cup captain, at a news conference before their tie with Great Britain in Constanta last week.