By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Now, that’s how you clapback!Now, that’s how you clapback! So the French Tennis Federation criticised Serena Williams for wearing a catsuit to her tennis game and even banned the outfit from the court entirely; and the tennis super star came back in a tutu.
The black dress was a collaboration between Off-White and Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh and Nike. It’s part of Abloh’s new Off-White x Nike collection inspired by Williams, which is aptly called “QUEEN.”
Williams won her first match of the tournament, beating Poland’s Magda Linette 6-4, 6-0 at Arthur Asher Stadium in New York City, wearing this tutu.
Last week, President of the French Tennis Federation Bernard Giudicelli said the famous “Black Panther” catsuit Williams wore during the French Open earlier this year would be banned from now on.
“I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place,” Mr Giudicelli said.
Williams wore the full length, skin tight compression garment to prevent her body from experiencing blood clots while playing.
She has previously revealed doctors found a haematoma — a swelling of clotted blood outside of a vessel — in her body following the birth of her daughter.
But the tenis star did not take offence to the ban by the federation.
“I feel like if and when, or if they know that some things are for health reasons, then there’s no way that they wouldn’t be okay with it. So I think it’s fine,” Williams said, adding that when it comes to fashion “you don’t want to be a repeat offender.”
However, women on social media were angered by a man dictating what a woman could wear on court.
“Serena Williams was told she wasn’t allowed to wear her Black Panther catsuit back to the French Open because she had to ‘respect the game’. So she showed up in a tutu,” a Twitter user said.
“You can’t wear a catsuit to play? OK, I’ll go with a tutu and fishnets then. @serenawilliams is the role model even big girls needed. Williams is unflappable, even in a tutu,” another wrote.
Another said: “They didn’t let Serena Williams wear her catsuit. She came out in a tutu. Yes Queen.”
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