Serena Williams Resolves French Open's "Catsuit" Ban with Diplomacy
“Everything’s fine, guys.”
Earlier this week, French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, came under fire for directly targeting Serena Williams and her now iconic “catsuit” in a statement addressing a dress code amendment at the French Open, according to ESPN.
For the publication’s upcoming 500th issue, Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine: “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place,” drawing mountains of vitriol from fans of the tennis all-timer and the bold, black bodysuit that was specifically designed to prevent blood clotting (after nearly dying in labor, as one person noted on Twitter) and made the great “feel like a superhero.”
At a press conference for the US Open this morning, Williams addressed the FTF president’s implication that she somehow disrespected the tournament (that she’s won three times) earlier this summer by wearing the sleek, full-body fit. Williams ensured fans that her and Giudicelli “spoke yesterday,” adding that “My whole team is basically French, so, yeah, we have a wonderful relationship. I’m sure we would come to an understanding and everything will be okay.”
Keeping sentiments light and impersonal, Williams explained that she’d found other ways of managing blood circulation, capping the line of catsuit questioning: “When it comes to fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offender.” Praying that means an on-court debut of Virgil Abloh’s “Queen” collection.
Watch Serena Williams’ full press conference below.