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ITF bans Nastase over Williams' racial remark, Fed Cup tirade

ITF in a statement described Nastase's comment about Williams as 'highly inappropriate and racially insensitive'. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 21, 2017, 01.30 PM (IST)

The International Tennis Federation(ITF) today banned Romanian former world No -1 tennis player Ilie Nastase over derogatory comments about Serena Williams and his Federation Cup tirade.

The 71-year-old former tennis player was thrown out of the Federation Cup tie in Bucharest against Britain in April after he was overheard making derogatory remarks about US superstar Serena Williams's pregnancy.

"Let's see what colour it (the baby) has. Chocolate with milk?," he said in Romanian. The went on to berate a British woman reporter who reported the incident, describing her as "stupid" and "ugly".

He also asked British captain Anne Keothavong for her hotel room number.

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The tennis federation banned Nastase from all ITF competitions until December 2020 and fined $10,000.

The ITF in a statement described Nastase's comment about Williams as "highly inappropriate and racially insensitive".

It reported how "Mr Nastase made advances of a sexual nature towards Anne Keothavong, the Captain of the Great Britain team".

The statement added that the disgraced Fed Cup skipper had "refused to leave the court and deliberately interfered with the opposing team".

Nastase and the Romanian Tennis Federation have 21 days to appeal.

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