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Did you love Serena Williams’ now-iconic catsuit?
Us too – but unfortunately, the French Tennis Federation aren’t fans, which means that Serena Williams won’t be allowed to wear it while playing at the French Open.
“It will no longer be accepted,” Bernard Giudicelli, President of the French Tennis Federation, told Tennis magazine.
“One must respect the game and the place. I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far.”
We’re not sure how this will go down with feminists, new mothers, and Serena Williams fans…
Serena famously donned the Nike catsuit, which was partly inspired by Black Panther, when she returned to tennis after giving birth to her daughter.
“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” she said at the time.
She even took to Instagram after its debut to dedicate it to “all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy.”
Not only was the catsuit noticeably more forgiving than traditional tennis pro attire, but it also served another purpose for the new mother who had severe problems with blood clots…
“I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So it is definitely a little functionality to it,” Serena Williams said about her catsuit.
“I have been wearing pants, in general, a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going.
“It’s a fun suit but it’s also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems.”
We wonder how Serena Williams and her fans will respond to the French Tennis Federation’s law which could actually impact her health…