Serena Williams is continuing to push against the ‘acceptable’ tennis outfits for women.
In August of last year, there was a big hullaballoo when the French Open banned her from wearing a black catsuit after she wore it on the court. The compression catsuit was designed to prevent blood clots, an ongoing health issue she has been dealing with which escalated in severity ever since she gave birth to her daughter in September 2017.
In May, the tennis star told reporters the suit had been designed to help prevent blood clots, an ongoing medical issue that nearly killed her after she gave birth to a daughter last September.
“I had a lot of problems with my blood clots. God, I don’t know how many I’ve had in the last 12 months,” she said.
Though the suit had been created with that functionality in mind, she added she loved its similarity to the superhero costume in Black Panther.
“I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of queen from Wakanda maybe,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s my way of being a superhero.”
The suit was designed before the movie came out, and Williams wore it during her win in the French Open’s first round.
“I’ve been wearing pants a lot in general when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going,” she told reporters. “It’s a fun suit, but it’s also functional so I can play without any problems.”
Some claim that the catsuit ban was a prime example of racism and sexism targeting a black woman.
Misogyny: hatred of women
Noir: French for black
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But, there was no such ban at the Australian Open which began in Melbourne on Tuesday.
In the first round, everyone was talking about Serena’s outfit — a bright green romper and fishnet stockings. She basically wore a catsuit with no legs.
The 37-year-old’s custom-made ensemble sparked something of a firestorm on Twitter, with many people praising her for her fashion-forward look, while others criticized her for flouting traditions that still influence what is considered appropriate on-court attire.
The mother-of-one was also met with a few more risque comments about her outfit, with some choosing to share rather unsavory thoughts about her appearance in a handful of lewd tweets.
Serena chose the skin-tight look for her first-round centre court 6-0, 6-2 victory over Germany’s Tatjana Maria, and it certainly helped her to stand out on the court.
The boldly-colored sleeveless bodysuit featured black and white piping down the front and round the waist, and the tight shorts hit at the top of the player’s thighs, allowing her to show off her athletic, fishnet-clad legs to the world.
A peephole design at the back added an extra bit of flair to the on-court look, while Serena finished off the look with a pair of black-and-red Nike shoes that had matching green soles.
And for some, the outfit could not have been more of a hit.
Source: Daily Mail
Forget the catsuit. Check out Serena Williams' romper. pic.twitter.com/MSH2vIIa3H
— mustain arif (@mustainbinarif) January 15, 2019
SERENA WILLIAMS FASHION ICON pic.twitter.com/L63vm7ES3b
— Ana Ceci Escobar 👑 (@LaSeductra) January 15, 2019
— Raphaël Fortin (@raph585) January 15, 2019
Serena Williams #AustralianOpen outfit is giving me more life than my mother’s womb.
— Mitchell Hansen (@MitchellHansen2) January 15, 2019
— Fighter. 💪🏽👊🏽 (@lakishajayde) January 15, 2019
— Juliet Bawuah (@julietbawuah) January 15, 2019
— Oliver (@pochakosoba) January 15, 2019
Others weren’t fans:
I see Serena Williams has been playing to the crowd in the first Grand Slam since her petulant reaction to losing the US Open to Naomi Osaka, by wearing an all Aussie green outfit 🙄 #AusOpen
— Proudy (@RProud89) January 15, 2019
Another ridiculous outfit
— Avril (@AvrilPhillips2) January 15, 2019
I don't understand the appreciation over Serena Williams' outfit. Truly undeserved. The governing body needs to set clear rules over attire. #AusOpen
— Pranay (@npranay180) January 15, 2019
Serena has all the money in the world and can NEVER wear suitable tennis clothing. Another FAIL outfit! Add that to her unsportsmanlike behaviour at US Open gives me reason to not watch her matches. There is always another match on other channel!
— Cricketmum53 (@Cricketmum53) January 15, 2019
There was apparently some confusion as to what to call it — is it a onsie, a romper, a legless catsuit, a leotard? Some journalists asked her after the match. Her answer?
It’s a Serenatard!
Well, that’s an interesting name.
What do you think, do you love it or do you hate it?
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