In an interview for The Times, Great Britain's Fed Cup team captain Anne Keothavong recalled the controversial moments that occurred during Britain's Fed Cup tie against Romania in 2017. Ilie Nastase, who was captaining the Romanian side that time insulted and demeaned the British team repeatedly, including making inappropriate remarks towards Keothavong.
'All of us at our table at the dinner were just shaking our heads and looking at each other thinking, "Is he really going there? Is he really saying that?" It was all very awkward and inappropriate,' Keothavong admitted, ahead of this weekend's tie against Japan.
'I remember shouting out something when he crossed the line. I know if my husband had been there he would have been up there. I didn’t feel intimidated by him at the draw but he made me feel uncomfortable. You are there in front of a lot of people, everyone is looking at you.
It was so in your face. I wasn’t quite sure what I was meant to do.' Nastase also went on to abuse Keothavong and Konta, during the latter's match against Sorana Cirstea. 'That evening the team talk was subdued.
Everyone was shocked, Jo was shaken. It was difficult. Anyone who saw her match the next day against Simona Halep, you can’t say what happened the day before didn’t have an effect on Jo. I’m not saying had that not happened we would have won the tie, but it didn’t help,' Keothavong said.