Serena Williams is having a baby with her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Onahian. I’m sure some in the tennis world responded by congratulating her or getting on the phone with Wilson and ordering a dozen or so custom-made infant-sized racquets with “future GOAT” printed on the handle. Romanian tennis champion Ilie Nastase acknowledged Serena’s big news by keeping true to his nickname and telling a nasty-ish joke about the baby growing inside her. Not surprisingly, Serena is not here for it.
During a conversation about Serena’s baby at the Fed Cup in Constanta, Romania last Friday, Ilie reportedly turned to a team member and asked in Romanian: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?” Ilie Nastase is that uncle who makes every cousin dread introducing their new boyfriend at family dinner.
Comparing a not-yet-born baby to the Quik Bunny’s favorite drink is obviously on the wrong side of tasteless. The International Tennis Federation is currently investigating Ilie’s remarks. Serena Williams could have responded to Ilie by tweeting a picture of her 23 Grand Slam titles against his measly 7 with the hashtag “#EatItYouCrustyOldBitch.” But instead she took the high road and explained her feelings on the matter to Instagram.
When asked by the Associated Press for comment on Serena’s response, Ilie responded with a sorry-not-sorry brush-off.
“Anything I say, I am the bad boy. Why write a news story like this? Just to have a scandal? There are many more important things going on.”
Ilie was on a roll at the Fed Cup. In addition to his comments about Serena’s baby, he was suspended after swearing at an umpire, calling a female reporter “ugly“, and referring to both British team captain Anne Keothavon and player Johanna Konta as “fucking bitches.” He also allegedly put his arm around Anne Keothavong and asked for her room number in front of the press. Attempted hotel room creeping? Looks like Sean Hannity just found a perfect doubles partner.
Ilie is lucky that Serena is currently only putting out light, love, and positivity. Because you know she could very well launch a tennis ball from her home and have it hit Ilie square in his face all the way over in Romania if she wanted to.