Trendsetter Serena Williams goes from catsuit to tutu to ‘Serena-tard’
Serena Williams sent out “an incredibly strong, powerful statement for moms” as the “Serena-tard” made its debut at the Australian Open.
Since returning to action after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr in September 2017, Williams have made several fashion statements.
At her first Grand Slam after maternity leave, she famously wore a black catsuit because it made her feel like a “superhero”.
French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli criticised the outfit and said it she would not be allowed to wear it in future, however the WTA has since clarified that women can wear catsuits, if they wish.
Williams made light of Giudicelli’s comments saying “when it comes to fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offender” and so she went more traditional at Wimbledon.
Then at the US Open she again made people sit up and take note by wearing a tutu during the two-week event at Flushing Meadows.
She was never going to be a “repeat offender” at the Australian Open and she turned up for her first match against Tatjana Maria in a long, black raincoat.
Once she took it off, she unveiled a figure-hugging, green one-piece suit and also wore fish-net compression stockings.
Nike said its Australian Open collection “takes inspiration from early Nike Tennis DNA… This look was made iconic by Andre Agassi in the ’90s”.
After defeating Maria in just 49 minutes, Williams told a press conference that “it’s a Serena-tard” adding that it’s “an incredibly strong, powerful statement for moms that are trying to get back and get fit. That was basically it for me.”
More from Tennis365:
Andy Murray preparing for a return to the ATP Tour in France
Murray has accepted a wildcard to play another tournament in France.
Remarkable statistics confirm Daniil Medvedev is the new king of hard courts
Daniil Medvedev can now be hailed as the new king of hard courts.
Exclusive – Myleene Klass believes Emma Raducanu can inspire a generation
Myleene Klass has revealed Emma Raducanu has inspired her daughters to reach for the stars after her stunning win at the US Open.
Dominic Thiem on Emma Raducanu’s US Open win: ‘It’s one of the greatest achievements in women’s sport’
“Perhaps it is the greatest breakthrough of all time,” says Dominic Thiem.
‘Unfair that Novak Djokovic is always the bad guy and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the good guys’
“I hope he is treated a little more fairly,” says Boris Becker.
Venus Williams explains backstory behind photo with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at Met Gala
Just Venus, Serena and Maria enjoying a laugh in the bathroom at the Met Gala.
‘I think it’s gradually sinking in a bit more,’ says Emma Raducanu after ‘whirlwind experience’
The teenager took part in a round of breakfast TV and radio interviews.
‘People are talking about tennis again,’ revels Boris Becker after ‘Dame Emma Raducanu’s’ heroics
Boris Becker waxes lyrical about Emma Raducanu.
Tennis to introduce ‘Stefanos Tsitsipas bathroom break rule’ following Greek’s lengthy loo visits?
Stricter rules on the cards following furore over Stefanos Tsitsipas’ loo breaks.
LTA chief insists Emma Raducanu will not lose focus after stunning rise to the top
Lloyd has called for the newly-crowned US Open champion to be given “breathing space”.