Catsuit worn by Serena Williams' banned by French tournament officials

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Williams further hinted that the outfit, which also served to help control her circulation after the birth of her child last September, probably wouldn't have been worn again anyway, and she'd found other ways to accomplish the same objective.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King was among those who ripped the French Tennis Federation over the decision, describing the move as the "policing of women's bodies".

Giudicelli said: "It will no longer be accepted".

In an interview with Tennis Magazine, French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli told that new rules would specifically prohibit the "catsuit". Serena has done nothing BUT respect the game. Now, they are not allowing her to wear her Black Panther-inspired compression suit to compete.

It is an unusual move by a sport to offer such a sharp rebuke of their biggest star.

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Souness finished by saying: "He's unique in our football, nearly unique in our football and I am an enormous fan of him. And I am sure that when he sees it now with the TV, then he would probably agree with us as well".

Since the French Open, Williams has stated she's found other ways to manage the clots while playing and has downplayed the controversy around the pending dress code. Many feel it would have never happened if Williams was not a black woman. 2017 US Open finalist Madison Keys and semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe are potential fourth-round opponents. "We have a great relationship". Since she began to dominate the game back in the late 1990s, Williams has stepped out on court in asymmetric dresses, short suits, neon brights, leopard print and even ballet style tutus. We talked yesterday, yeah.

About the suit, Serena had said, "I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of queen from Wakanda maybe".

"I think that obviously, the Grand Slams have a right to do what they want to do", Williams said on Saturday.

"I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months", she said afterwards, referring to health issues following a complicated delivery of her daughter.

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