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Serena Williams isn’t letting French Open fashion rules stop her from shining.
The tennis star was banned last year from wearing a catsuit, which surprisingly caused a lot of controversy.
In 2018, the 23-time Grand Slam winner arrived to the French Open looking like the Queen Of Wakanda. She sported a black catsuit that was a custom design for her from Nike. Serena’s pregnancy caused complications and the outfit was made to help control her blood clots.
French Federation President Bernard Giudicelli responded to Serena’s outfit with this statement, “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far, it will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place.” He made a new “dress code” after that.
Serena handled the situation like a boss and was showered with tons of support. Fast forward to this year’s French Open, the tennis champion is taking it up a notch.
Serena’s outfit was designed with Nike alongside designer Virgil Abloh. Prior to the match, she posted pictures of her photoshoot on IG of her rocking her custom clothes that featured empowering words on the back like “queen,” “champion,” “goddess,” and “mother” in French. During the competition, she wore the classic tennis outfit with a skirt and a bra-like top.