[dropcap]S[/dropcap]erena Williams played her first tournament at the French Open, since giving birth to her daughter in September 2017. She played in a black bodysuit that was especially designed for her by Nike, but her superhero-like catsuit will be banned for the 2019 French Open.
Williams, who is known for her on-the-court style, looked great in the catsuit. The bodysuit had a health related purpose as it was reportedly engineered to prevent blood clots from forming while she competed. (She suffered from blood clots after giving birth.)
Twitter went crazy over the sleek look, but apparently the French Tennis Federation did not. Bernard Giudicelli, the French Tennis Federation president, said in an interview with Tennis Magazine that Roland Garros, one of the four grand slams, is introducing a dress code.
The organisation is reportedly considering new regulations that would ban outfits like hers. “It will no longer be accepted,” the federation president said, referring to outfits like Williams’. “One must respect the game and the place.”
Nike strongly stood by their catsuit, and the brand posted a tweet on Saturday that sure reads like a nod to the president’s ban. “You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers. #justdoit,” the tweet read.
Tennis, historically, has been slow with progress for women. Wimbledon still lists the best female players in the world by their husbands’ names, and it was only this summer that the US Open announced athletes won’t get penalised for pregnancy leave anymore.