Apparently, tennis matches have a dress code, it turns out. Wearing bikinis and skirts is okay, but according to rule makers for the French Open, Wakanda-inspired catsuits are not. One particular judge decided to single out Serena Williams for wearing the full-body catsuit…. we wonder why.
The Huffington Post reports:
In a reference to the movie “Black Panther,” Williams wore what she called her “Wakanda-inspired-catsuit” to much fanfare at Roland Garros during her Grand Slam return from maternity leave last spring. The ensemble was designed to help prevent blood clots after Williams suffered a near-fatal episode following the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia, last September. She dedicated the catsuit to “all the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and had to come back and try to be fierce.” She said it made her feel like a “superhero.”
Serena’s outfit was designed specifically to help her body perform AFTER GIVING BIRTH. In addition, Wakanda has a huge significance for people all around the world, and so does the success of Serena Williams. It’s interesting that’s what the dress code chooses to ban.
HuffPo reports further:
While discussing a new dress code for 2019, French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli singled out Williams’ celebrated outfit from last spring’s tourney, Associated Press reported, citing Tennis Magazine. “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and place,” he said.
Giudicelli said the tournament will be regulating the players’ dress code more thoroughly from now on, though not as strictly as Wimbledon. “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far,” he added.
Old French men offended by the female form + black pride? We’re just shocked. *Cue eye roll*
Watch Serena talk about her catsuit below: