French Open saying 'Non!' to Serena's catsuit
The Associated Press
Published Friday, August 24, 2018 8:13AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, August 24, 2018 10:57AM EDT
PARIS -- Serena Williams will no longer be allowed to wear her sleek catsuit at the French Open.
The French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, says the tournament that Williams has won three times is introducing a dress code to regulate players' uniforms because "I think that sometimes we've gone too far."
In an interview in Tennis Magazine's 500th edition, Giudicelli singled out the figure-hugging black suit that Williams wore this year at Roland Garros and said made her feel like a superhero.
Giudicelli said: "It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place."
He said Roland Garros' new rules won't be as strict as Wimbledon's, which require that players wear white, but will "impose certain limits."
Many player uniforms for 2019 have already been designed but Giudicelli said the FFT will be asking manufacturers for an advance look at them.
French Open- "Serena is no longer allowed to wear her catsuit!"— JFLAN (@JFLANland) August 24, 2018
America- "We are no longer going to watch the French Open!" #SaveTheCatSuit
So Serena Williams Wakanda-inspired catsuit banned from the French Open. The outfit was designed to prevent blood clots.— silverprincess (@HattleyMarsha) August 24, 2018
French Tennis president implied "outfit shows no respect for the game or competition." Smh. pic.twitter.com/QmdedzMcWP
They love to single Serena out ; New French Open dress rules prohibit Serena Williams' catsuit https://t.co/vu0mhHwMGv— Alizè Washington (@ladycolaxo) August 24, 2018