Ilie Nastase suspended after verbal abuse allegations at UK Fed Cup tie

Ilie Nastase has been served with a provisional suspension by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after the Romania Fed Cup captain was involved in an incident that reduced Johanna Konta to tears.

The 70-year-old Romanian, a two-time grand slam victor and former world No. 1, was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Sunday from all of its events for his behavior at a Fed Cup match.

Last month, Nastase also made controversial comments about Williams, when the former World No. 1 made allegations of doping by Williams based entirely on her physique.

George Cosac, the chairman of the Romanian Tennis Federation, defended Nastase by suggesting he was picked on by the British officials.

He reportedly made a racist comment about Serena Williams' pregnancy before being banned from his team's Fed Cup tie against Britain following a tirade of abuse at an umpire, a player and a captain. "We are aware of alleged comments made by Romanian captain Ilie Nastase and have begun an immediate investigation so that we have the full facts of the situation before taking further and appropriate action".

On Friday, at a news conference in Romania, Nastase speculated on the skin color of Williams' unborn child, immediately drawing accusations the comments were racist. "I gave everything I had for this win", said Sabalenka as Belarus flourished despite the absence of former world number one Victoria Azarenka who won't return to the tour until July after becoming a mother for the first time.

Nastase had also been riled by the umpire appealing to the crowd for calm with the Romanian captain interjecting: "It's not the opera, what's your f***ing problem?"

"Whenever I saw him at any tournament he would ask me the same question", she said. Cirstea asked. "I've been called much worse all over world". I set a firm boundary and he stopped."+ "I think it has all gone too far, I think it is over now".

"You want the punishment to match the crime and he behaved really badly", Shriver said.

But the Romanian players let it be known how aggrieved they were at the claims by Konta that she had felt threatened by the crowd in Constanta during her match against Sorana Cirstea.

"Any abuse is not all right - whether it's on social media - but when it's a couple of metres away from you, screaming at you, I think that's a different ball game".

Flowers were delivered to the Great Britain locker room for the team and Keothavong, apparently from Nastase. "I think it'll be something I'll do my best to overcome and to just understand". "Nice. Unfortunately I can't take them on the plane home with me".

Keothavong was instantly informed it was from Nastase to which she reacted by saying: "They were from Illie?"

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