Serena Williams Plays In Skin Tight Lycra Onesie And Fishnet Stockings During Aussie Open

Written by K. Walker on January 15, 2019

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.”

Source: buzzfeed

Some claim that the catsuit ban was a prime example of racism and sexism targeting a black woman.

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

Others weren’t fans:

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.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll