SERENA WILLIAMS FULL BLACK TENNIS SUIT BANNEDDate: 2018-08-27
A full black suit that was custom made to serve a medical purpose for Serena Williams has been banned by the French Tennis Federation saying it goes "too far" but has not offered any specifics as to why.
The suit, which has been referred to as a 'catsuit' was designed specifically for Serena who suffers severe health issues such as blood clots after the recent birth of her first child, the suit provides compression, preventing new clots from forming. However, this was completely disregarded. In an interview with Tennis magazine, French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, announced that the catsuit would no longer be permitted at the tournament. "I think that sometimes we've gone too far," he said, adding that Williams' catsuit "will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place." Which is why I can't help but wonder why it's fully acceptable for a woman to wear attire on the tennis court that provides no coverage below the waist.
It seems that their real objection may not be the suit, but rather the body wearing it, Serena Williams' build has before been described as linebacker-like, which apparently does not conform to usual French ideas of female beauty, "You have to wonder whether they'd mind the catsuit so much if the athlete wearing it were willowy and blond instead." - Inc.
Nike, which had created the suit for Serena, clapped back on Twitter with this image:
However, Serena responded, and it was something you could describe as serene. Before all of this backlash could blow up into a major international social media scandal, during a press conference she assured reporters that she had already spoken to the French open officials and said "We have a great relationship", smiling she added, "Everything is fine, guys". Asked about her clotting issue, she explained that she had since found other ways to address it without wearing the catsuit.
Thanks to her maturity and emotional intelligence, what could have been an ugly controversy is over almost before it began. Serena Williams beautifully embodied Michelle Obama's advice, "When they go low, you go high."
You can watch the Press Conference where Serena addresses the 'catsuit' controversy here: