French Open Bans Suit Serena Wore to Inspire Moms

Her compression 'catsuit' improved blood circulation after a tough pregnancy
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2018 12:20 PM CDT
French Open Just Dissed Serena's Outfit
In this May 29 file photo, Serena Williams returns a shot at the French Open. Her black suit won't be allowed back.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Serena Williams did away with the traditional skirt and donned a striking, full-length bodysuit during the French Open. And she did so for health, as well as fashion, reasons. Just don't expect to see it again. “I believe we have sometimes gone too far," French Tennis Federation chief Bernard Giudicelli tells Tennis Magazine, per the Independent. "Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.”

But as Williams explained during the May tournament, the bodysuit—she called it a "Wakanda-inspired catsuit"—wasn't just about looks, as Slate reported. She'd just been through a difficult, dangerous pregnancy, and the suit's compression pants improved circulation and helped ward off clots. "For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go,” she wrote online. “If I can do it, so can you.” Williams will be competing in the US Open, which starts Monday, but there's no word yet about her court attire. (Before a recent big loss, Williams learned jarring news about her half-sister's killer.)

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