‘I Feel Really Exposed’ – Serena Williams Once Narrated the Bizarre Experience of Wearing a Catsuit for the First Time at US Open

Published 08/29/2022, 7:30 AM EDT

One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Serena Williams, is saying goodbye to tennis. The 40-year-old was the face of women’s tennis for over two decades. She not only accomplished tremendous success, but also inspired many budding athletes. While Serena’s on-court performance always remained the chief attraction, her outfits over the years have certainly mesmerized a large part of her fanbase.

In the 2002 US Open, the former world number 1 took everyone by surprise when she came out to play with a black catsuit. Here’s what went behind her mind before stepping out on the court.

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Serena Williams on her 2002 US Open outfit

Serena once revealed that she had doubts in her mind before going in with the slick black Puma attire on the court. “I was like, ‘I can’t go out there. Oh, my God, I’m so nervous, I can’t go out. I feel really exposed,” Serena recalled. The former world number 1 asked fellow tennis player Justine Henin if she should go on the court dressed like that. To this, she suggested going with a more traditional outfit.

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However, the American still went on with the dress. “I felt so comfortable, and after that, I owned it,” she saidAnd the rest, as we know, is history.

Serena gears up for her last Grand Slam

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Serena is all set to hang her rackets for good after the US Open 2022. The 40-year-old has played only four matches this year, losing three of them. Earlier this year, the 23-time Grand Slam champion returned to action in the Wimbledon Championships 2022 after almost a year-long hiatus. However, she crashed out after a first-round defeat.

Aug 8, 2022; Toronto, ON, Canada; Serena Williams (USA) reacts after defeating Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP) in first round play in the National Bank Open at Sobeys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Further, the 40-year-old signed up for the National Bank Open and the Cincinnati Masters. While she made it to the second round of the National Bank Open, the American lost her first-round match in Cincinnati. Playing against the US Open defending champion Emma Raducanu, Serena never really looked comfortable  and suffered a straight-set defeat.

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Serena begins her US Open campaign tomorrow. With her current form, it looks unlikely that the 6-time US Open champ will go deep in the tournament. However, her fans will hope for a good farewell performance from the legend. Can Serena do the unthinkable? Can she win her 24th Grand Slam title? Let us know in the comments.

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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

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