No Catsuit For Serena Williams At Future French Opens
French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli has said that Serena Williams is banned from wearing a bodysuit at future French Open tournaments.
In a recent interview with Tennis Magazine, Giudicelli stated: “We are going to ask the manufacturers to let us know what is coming. I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.”
Serena made headlines with a powerful Black Panther bodysuit as she returned to court after welcoming her first child
Williams’s sporting attire isn’t merely a fashion statement. After giving birth to her first child, doctors discovered a haematoma (a swelling of clotted blood outside of a vessel) in her abdomen. The skin-tight bodysuit is designed specifically for the purpose of preventing future life-threatening blood clots.
Isn’t comfort on court more important than following tradition?
Why are sporting attires even a discussion today? A sportsperson, regardless of gender, should be able to wear whatever suits one best in order to perform well. Taking Serena’s situation, for example, isn’t it humanely possible for the Federation to consider her reasons valid enough for sporting the suit?
Everyone will agree that playing honestly and performing remarkably well is the biggest form of respect a player can offer to the sport. What has an attire got to do with the respect?
Anne White wore a catsuit in 1985.
Serena Williams is not allowed to wear one in 2019. pic.twitter.com/maSMckXo26
— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) August 25, 2018
Twitterati criticise French Tennis Federation
The ban, unsurprisingly, sparked a debate on social media with users calling out The French Tennis Federation for sexism.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure Serena Williams shows "respect" for the game by playing it better than, you know, everyone ever.
— Jesse Wente (@jessewente) August 25, 2018
Let's call this French Open restriction on Serena Williams for what it is- racist and sexist. Arbitrary dress code policies have been disproportionately used to target Black women in schools, at work and now on the tennis court. This is the unfair policing of Black women's bodies https://t.co/kbMbLSHF2a
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) August 25, 2018
The French Open should be fucking grateful to have Serena Williams turn up and play, wearing whatever the hell she wants.
— Aubrey Bloomfield (@aubbloomfield) August 25, 2018
Having had multiple pulmonary embolisms, Serena Williams is not allowed to use a specially designed black catsuit that helps prevents blood clots from developing in the legs. Because the French Open doesn’t like how it looks. That’s racist, sexist, and dangerous.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 24, 2018