Nastase's tirade forces suspension of Romania Fed Cup match

The day before, Nastase, a former world number one and two-time Grand Slam title victor, was overheard making derogatory remarks about USA superstar Serena Williams's pregnancy.

Romanian tennis great Ilie Nastase is subject of an investigation by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) over an alleged racist remark about Serena Williams' pregnancy. "His accreditation was removed and he will play no further part in the tie".

Nastase, the Romanian team captain, had been thrown out of the tie on Saturday after he launched a foul-mouthed rant at the umpire, GB team captain Anne Keothavong and British player Jo Konta when both complained about crowd noise.

While the captains were posing together for photographs after Friday's draw, Nastase again asked Keothavong for her room number while putting his arm tightly around her shoulder.

An ITF referee asked Nastase to exit the court for "unsportsmanlike conduct" after he received two official warnings, the ITF said in a statement Saturday.

Fired up by the situation, Romania gleefully celebrated their victory after Simona Halep defeated a subdued Konta 6-1 6-3 and Irina-Camelia Begu edged out Heather Watson 6-4 7-5.

Although the score suggests a comfortable win for Nadal, Goffin's momentum was halted by a controversial decision by chair umpire Cedric Mourier in the sixth game.

The world number seven had taken the first set 6-2 before the match was temporarily suspended with Konta 3-1 down.

GB captain Keothavong had chose to have a word with the umpire during the second set, clearly upset with words from Nastase.

Upon his departure, British journalist Eleanor Crooks captured this video of Nastase.

Konta was left shaken by the experience, but insisted she was excited to take on world number five Halep on Sunday morning in what could be the key rubber of the tie.

Britain's Johanna Konta, left, cries leaving the tennis court during the FedCup play-off match between Romania and Great Britain.

Her comments come after a series of events in recent days which placed Nastase, 70, firmly in the media spotlight.

"What Nastase said to me and Johanna is language that is not appropriate for anyone to speak to any other human", Keothavong told Fedcup.com.

"I explained we simply reported what he said and that it was unnecessary to make such a comment about colour".

Nastase already was in hot water for some racist comments he made upon learning Serena Williams was pregnant, saying, "Let's see what color it has".

"I would like to understand what happened but I think the Romanian public is okay, they are quite fair. and did not do anything out of the ordinary and were trying to encourage me in a very nice way".

"No, I'm not happy", she said.

"Whenever I saw him at any tournament he would ask me the same question", she said on the radio show.

"I think there may have been a lack of communication to her about what was going on on my side of the court and I do believe she only had half of the facts but I think nobody should have to put up with - in life or in any way - to feel verbally threatened and subjected to that sort of abuse".

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