Serena Williams owned the court when she wore a black catsuit at this year’s French Open. She partially chose this particular outfit because it limits the risk of blood clots, which she’s had scary experiences with many times now throughout her life and career.
Also, she came back in action after several months due to her pregnancy, which included various complications, especially after the childbirth. Hence, wearing the catsuit only seemed prudent.
In an interview for Tennis Magazine’s 500th interview, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli announced the Open will be introducing a new, more restrictive dress code moving forward. He explained this decision by saying ‘’I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far” and “[the catsuit] will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place.’’
This decision did not go down well with the fan and supporters. Here is how twitter reacted to the announcement.
— Nike (@Nike) August 25, 2018
Bernard Giudicelli, the French Tennis Federation chief announced a dress code for the 2019 French Open, which includes outlawing Serena Williams catsuit. Makes perfect sense for a fat, bald, aging man to be making fashion decisions for elite athletes. #FrenchOpen #SerenaWilliams pic.twitter.com/VDQyQmv4ln
— Minimal Effort with Jason Sweet (@MinimalEffortJS) August 24, 2018
— WhatFreshHellisThis (@LisaBolekaja) August 24, 2018
I would like Serena to show up in this outfit for French Open next year and then remove it revealing a catsuit with a crown emblem. 👑 pic.twitter.com/uYwE9yorYb
— LaWanda (@lawanda50) August 23, 2018
#FrenchOpen won’t let #SerenaWilliams wear her black catsuit again
French Tennis Fed pres Giudicelli, says"I think sometimes we've gone too far. It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game & place."
Please explain how this catsuit is disrespectful?
Sit down dude. pic.twitter.com/nNA5d4bvWz
— Cindy Poluta (@CindyPoluta) August 24, 2018