Yasss, Queen! Serena Williams Claps Back At Cat-Suit Ban By Wearing A Tutu To Play In The U.S. Open

Serena Williams of the US celebrates her victory over Magda Linette of Poland during their 2018 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 27, 2018. - Serena Williams made a triumphant return to the US Open on Monday, opening her bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 6-0 first-round victory over Magda Linette. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Yasss, Queen! Serena Williams Claps Back At Cat-Suit Ban By Wearing A Tutu To Play In The U.S. Open

She came to reclaim her throne in style.

Published August 28, 2018

ICYMI: The French Tennis Federation chief Bernard Giudicelli announced a very strict dress code for the 2019 French Open and Serena’s one-piece catsuit that was worn to prevent blood clots will be banned going forward. He felt that her look went too far, and said, “One must respect the game and the place,” during his interview with Tennis magazine.

Serena was unbothered by the new rules and stated that she has since found other methods or encouraging blood circulation, and, “when it comes to fashion you don't want to be a repeat offender.” That’s right, this Queen isn’t going to let new rules dim her light.  

In fact, she debuted a black one-sleeve tutu dress at the U.S. Open last night at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City. Everyone was waiting with anticipation to see what she was going to wear, and Serena did not disappoint. The dress is a part of the Off-White collection that Virgil Abloh designed for her. Sis won last night’s match in major style.

 

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Serena Williams of the United States in action against Magda Linette of Poland in the first round of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on August 27, 2018 in New York City, United States. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)
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TOPSHOT - Serena Williams of the US hits a return to Magda Linette (out of frame) of Poland during their 2018 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 27, 2018. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo: EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

This isn’t the first-time Black women have been singled out and were made to feel they were doing too much for their choice of athletic uniforms.

Track and field Olympic gold medalist Florence “Flo Jo” Griffith Joyner was the fastest gold medalist in the world back in 1988 -- and was also the most stylish. She wore long nails and competed in her signature one-pant leg uniform and was condemned for it. 

 

22 Jul 1988: Florence Griffith-Joyner runs down the track during the Olympic Trials.
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Figure skater Debi Thomas competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in a black two-piece short-set. After her performance, the International Skating Union put a temporary ban on costumes without skirts, which has since been lifted.

 

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - DECEMBER 07:  Debi Thomas skates during The Caesars Tribute on December 7, 2010 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images for Stargames)
(Photo: Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images for Stargames)

It’s 2018, why are we still talking about what women can wear to compete in sports? We should be way past that by now.  

 

Written by Tira Urquhart

(Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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