Serena Williams says she is “disappointed” by remarks made by Ilie Nastase speculating on the skin color of her unborn child. In a statement published on Instagram Monday evening, Williams reacted to the Romanian former tennis professional turned coach, who was suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for his behavior during the Fed Cup competition in Constanta Saturday. In addition to swearing at British team captain Anne Keothavong and team member Johanna Konta, leaving Konta in tears, Nastase, 70, was overheard in a question-and-answer session saying about Williams’ unborn child: “Let’s see what color it has.
Maria Sharapova's first opponent after her 15-month doping suspension says the Russian should not have been granted a wild card for the Porsche Grand Prix or upcoming tournaments. Roberta Vinci, who will face Sharapova in a highly anticipated first-round match late Wednesday, does "not agree" with organizers giving Sharapova a free passage into the main draw of their events. "She is a great player and I have nothing against her. She paid for her mistakes," Vinci said on Monday. "She can return to play but without any wild cards, without any help." Sharapova's suspension for using heart drug meldonium after it was banned at the beginning of 2016, ends on Wednesday, just in time to enter the opening
Fabrice Santoro has urged Roger Federer to consider playing the French Open at the end of the month to have a better chance of returning to the top of the world rankings before the end of the season. Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January before following it up with two Masters Series titles at Indian Wells and Miami. The 35-year-old has risen from number 17 at the start of the year to world number four in less than three months, and has been backed to return to the summit of the ATP rankings by the end of the year.