The French Open announced a ban on her Wakanda-inspired Catsuit. Now, Serena Williams has returned to action in new attire, proving she’s got game, no matter what she’s wearing.
Williams made her appearance on the first day of the US Open in a black tutu that effortlessly merged athletic and stylish. The one-sleeved dress featured a brown paneling on the sleeveless arm and a black tutu that the legend twirled at one point.
She paired the dress with flesh-colored fishnet stockings and white tennis shoes. The outfit, which has been making headlines since Williams debuted it, is said to be the result of a collaboration between Nike and Louis Vuitton artistic director, Virgil Abloh.
Williams took to her Instagram account to thank Abloh for creating the dress. She shared a screenshot from the designer in which he expressed a willingness to “design dresses for her for life.”
Fans took to her comment section to leave messages of admiration and support for the mother-of-one. One user acknowledged Williams’ right to wear whatever she chooses:
“I don’t care what she wears it’s her right to wear it! She is fierce and a power of strength!”
Another follower went as far as describing Williams as a goddess:
“Oh Serena Williams you gorgeous nubian queen tennis goddess. You wear whatever you want and keep on making us all proud.”
Last week, the president of the French Open, Bernard Guidicelli, referred to the 36-year-old’s famous Wakanda catsuit, declaring it unacceptable. He said:
“Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.”
Fans all over the world were outraged at the ruling and took to social media to express their disapproval. They’re now saying Williams delivered the perfect response with the debut of her tutu.
Meanwhile, the 23-time Grand Slam Singles winner brought on her best game as she won the first match of the tournament against Magda Linette of Poland.
The match held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and as usual, Williams’ supportive husband, Alexis Ohanian, was there, cheering her on to victory.