Serena Williams rocked a black catsuit in her first grand slam French Open tournament back in May 2018, just after the birth of her daughter. At the time, she had claimed that the outfit made her feel like a queen from Wakanda as well as helped her cope with the issue of blood clots which nearly cost her her life during childbirth.
Now the French Tennis Federation (FFT), organizers of the grand slam French Open are insisting that the outfit or anything similar will not be welcome at the French Open in 2019.
French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine in remarks reported by French media:
“I really believe that sometimes we have gone too far, the outfit of Serena this year, for example, will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place. Everyone wants to enjoy the showcase.”
He also went on saying there will be “certain limits” on clothing for the 2019 French Open although he admitted it may be difficult to be too hard line. “For 2019, it’s a little late because the collections are already designed, but we will still ask the equipment manufacturers to communicate them to us.
Serena Williams isn’t the first to rock the catsuit outfit to the grand slam, Anne White rocked it in 1985 at the US open.