Tennis superstar Serena Williams wore a black catsuit at the French Open in May. She explained that the suit was designed to help prevent blood clots after her health scare following the birth of her daughter. The ensemble was a hit with her fans, but apparently not with French Open officials. Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Tennis Federation announced that the tournament would be banning catsuit ensembles from now on because players "must respect the game and the place.”
In a unspoken, yet unmistakable response to the ban, Serena has been wearing tutus at this month's U.S. Open. It was a black tutu on Monday night, and a pink one on Wednesday night. She won both matches and her fans loved her trolling fashion statement.
Serena Williams stayed silent and unproblematic when the French Open banned her black catsuit— Lydia (@LydiaNgoma) August 28, 2018
....and showed up in a mutherfudging TUTU!!
I stan an I'll-be-damned-if-I'm-compliant queen pic.twitter.com/UX1hC93xO8
Serena's fashion hasn't been the only wardrobe controversy at this year's U.S. Open. French tennis player Alize Cornet was penalized earlier this week for changing her shirt on the court. The umpire promptly punished her with a code violation because she had exposed part of her black sports bar. Cornet said she was only disturbed by the incident for about "10 seconds," but critics lashed out at the U.S. Open as sexist. That prompted the organization to issue a statement on its change of attire policy.
US Open Statement on Change of Attire Policy pic.twitter.com/Kt7EcuPz1S— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2018
In other tennis news, Serena will face big sister Venus for the 30th time on Friday. That matchup is sure to provide not only some awesome fashion sense, but some awesome tennis, too.