French Open to ban Serena Williams' 'superhero-like' black catsuit

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 25, 2018, 12:16 PM(IST)

Serena added the fun fact behind the 'superhero suit' and said, "I feel like a warrior wearing it, a queen from Wakanda (Wakanda is a fictional character of Black Panther movie) maybe." Photograph:( Reuters )

Serena Williams will not be allowed to wear her 'Black Panther' catsuit again at the French Open as the tournament set to introduce a stricter dress code.

The 36-year-old American marked Grand Slam return at this year's French Open dressed in a skintight, all-in-one black bodysuit, broken up by a vivid scarlet belt. 

Serena revealed the reason for wearing such unusual attire and said that the outfit helped her cope with the issue of blood clots that had almost cost her life in February.

However, Roland Garros chiefs said that the outfit that Serena wore will not be accepted they also described the outfit as "going too far".

"I really believe that sometimes we have gone too far," FFT president Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine in remarks reported by French media.

"The outfit of Serena this year, for example, will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place. Everyone wants to enjoy the showcase."

Giudicelli said that there will be "certain limits" on clothing for the 2019 French Open although he admitted it may be difficult to be too hard line.

"For 2019, it's a little late because the collections are already designed, but we will still ask the equipment manufacturers to communicate them to us," he said.


After winning the match against Kristyna Pliskova in the first round of French Open, former world number one said that she felt like a "superhero" in the black catsuit that she wore during the match.

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