ITF investigating Nastase comment on Serena

Ilie Nastase

The International Tennis Federation has reacted to former world number one Ilie Nastase’s derogatory comment about Serena William's pregnancy.

Nastase, a two-time grand slam winner, was part of a panel being interviewed during Romania's Fed Cup draw in Constanta. 

Simona Halep was fielding questions about William's pregnancy when Nastase, the captain, was heard saying in Romanian: "Let's see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?"

The ITF has caught wind of the comment and have launched an investigation. 

"The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behaviour of any kind," the statement reads.

"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."