Serena Williams isn’t one to back down from a fight whether it’s on the court or anywhere else. This week at the French Open, the tennis champ is clapping back at the French Tennis Federation after its president, Bernard Giudicelli, banned her from wearing her famous catsuit during the tournament last year. And she’s doing it with fashion.
Ahead of her first set, Serena shared photos of her tournament outfit, created by Off-White founder and designer Virgil Abloh. Abloh also collaborated with Williams on her “Queen” Nike collection and famously designed the tutu outfits she wore immediately after the catsuit ban was announced last August.
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Not only does the tennis pro look phenomenal, the power in this look doesn’t end there. In Abloh’s signature style, the outfit is printed with words in quotation marks including the French words for “Champion,” “Goddess,” “Mother” and “Queen.” You know, all the things Serena Williams is.
To cap it all off, the outfit’s debut coincided with Williams’s 800th main-draw professional win Monday. Slay, Queen, slay!
Killing the game as always!! pic.twitter.com/7IDBFZRpgd
— Onmybroomstick (@u_luv_me320) May 26, 2019
— Sylvia Martinez (@profesorasylvia) May 26, 2019
Love that look! It’s motherhood, Hollywood, and everything good. It’s hot! Good luck, hope to see you in the finals.
— Sharon Gordon (@sharong72227869) May 26, 2019
Her catsuit has been a point of contention since last summer when the French Tennis Federation introduced a more restrictive dress code and president Bernard Giudicelli singled out the ensemble—which was specially designed to prevent blood clots after complications from her pregnancy. Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine of the suit, “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place.”
For Williams, the catsuit wasn’t just for practical medical reasons, it was also a body positivity moment. She tweeted a photo of herself rocking the suit ahead of the 2018 French Open and shouted out “moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy.”
Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!! pic.twitter.com/xXb3BKDGNF
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 29, 2018
Have we mentioned that we love Serena Williams?