Ilie Nastase, Romanias captain, was heard to say of Serena Williams baby, due in the autumn: Lets see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?
Ilie Nastase could face censure after apparently making a racist comment about Serena Williams pregnancy on the eve of Romanias Fed Cup play-off against Great Britain.
At a press conference to preview the tie in Constanta, which starts on Saturday, Romanias captain was heard to say of Williams baby, due in the autumn: Lets see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?
Williams announced on Wednesday she is expecting her first child with her fianc, Alexis Ohanian, who is white, and will take time away from the tour.
Nastase was not asked about Williams himself but made the comment, in Romanian and clearly audible, to the other players while the Romanian No1, Simona Halep, was answering a question about the 23-times grand slam singles champion.
The Romanian tennis federation declined to comment when informed of Nastases words while the International Tennis Federation is understood to be investigating.
These are the second controversial remarks made by Nastase about Williams in a month. In an interview with Romanian media the former world number one made totally unsubstantiated allegations of doping by Williams based purely on her physique.
Nastase was appointed captain of the Romania team in October and is a former president of the countrys tennis federation. The 70-year-old, who had a reputation as a playboy during and after his playing career, also clearly made Great Britain captain, Anne Keothavong, feel uncomfortable with a number of inappropriate remarks.
Having asked for her room number during the official dinner on Thursday, Nastase then repeated the request when the captains posed together for photographs following Fridays draw. When both teams were called back together, Nastase said to Keothavong, who is married and 18 weeks pregnant with her second child: We keep being attracted.