Serena Williams’ super-heroine style catsuit banned from Roland Garros

Michael Graham
Serena Williams reacts
Serena Williams reacts

Serena Williams’ Black Panther inspired catsuit will not be allowed back at the French Open next year, tournament organisers have announced.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner sported the controversial yet eye-catching outfit this year, apparently on doctor’s advise after the discovery of a haematoma following the birth of her child.

However, French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli has said that Williams catsuit will no longer be welcome at Roland Garros.

“It’s a bit late because the collections are already designed but we are going to nonetheless ask the manufacturers to let us know what is coming.

“I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.”

After debuting the super-heroine-style catsuit, Serena said of it: “It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves.

“I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.

“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit (referring to the fictional nation in the film Black Panther). We designed it way before the movie but still, it kind of reminds me of that.”

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