Serena Williams Can’t Wear Catsuit At French Open Under New Dress Code

She said it made her feel like a "superhero".

But, apparently it was too much for the tournament's organizers, who seem not to realize what extraordinary strength it took for Williams to come back and what that catsuit represented to so many people who cheered for her.

French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said the "catsuit" worn by Williams during this year's tournament would be out of bounds going forward.

Although the full-length black suit made her feel like "a warrior princess", it also was created to protect against blood clots, which the former world No.1 suffered from while giving birth to daughter Olympia, last year. Giudicelli added, "It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and place", he said.

"I feel like a warrior in it, a warrior princess. from Wakanda, maybe", she told reporters in May, referring to the movie Black Panther.

Giudicelli said the French Open's dress code will not be as rigid as Wimbledon, where players are required to wear white, but "certain limits" will be imposed.




Williams, who has won at Roland Garros three times, told the BBC that the catsuit made her feel like a "superhero" during her 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova in May.

Williams, 36, enters next week's US Open as the no. 17 seed. Players having to wear white at Wimbledon is a time-honored tradition.

'I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months.

Others pointed out the dual function of the suit.

The designs created by Abloh for Williams include a one-shoulder black dress with a tulle skirt, custom NikeCourt Flare sneakers, and a jacket for her to wear off the court.

Some also struggled to understand what motivated the decision, and pointed out that Williams' outfit covers her entire body. 'That's literally the only reason'.

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