French officials inexplicably deemed Serena Williams’ Catsuit “disrespectful.”

French officials inexplicably deemed Serena Williams’ Catsuit “disrespectful.”

August 26, 2018 Off By admin

Credit to: Serena Williams’ Catsuit Is Banned from All Future French Opens BY: LUKE DARBY

Last year, Serena Williams, the greatest athlete alive, won the Australian Open while she was two months pregnant. That’s a damn feat. And when she returned to tennis this year for the French Open, she wore a sleek black catsuit which she jokingly said made her feel like a warrior from Wakanda. But the reality of the suit was more practical: after giving birth, she struggled through a series of blood clots in her lungs that nearly killed her. She told reporters, “I’ve had a lot of problems with my blood clots, God I don’t know how many I’ve had in the past 12 months. I’ve been wearing pants in general a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going.”

But life-threatening blood clots aren’t a good enough reason for the French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli. After this year’s tournament, he said in an interview that the French Open would be introducing a dress code, essentially in response to Williams’ outfit. “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far,” he said, adding a note about the catsuit specifically: “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place.”

Considering that the catsuit is hardly less modest than the standard tennis skirt, it’s hard to see exactly what about it is “disrespectful” to the game of tennis. It’s also difficult to see how this anything other than Giudicelli banning a medically helpful piece of clothing just because he personally doesn’t like how it looks. And here in the U.S., where dress codes often have been (and still are) used as a not-subtle way to single out and bar black people from all sorts of establishments, many people online have been quick to point out that the comments smack of some old school racism. That’s even more distressing considering that tennis is only going to get more diverse, not less. Hopefully the French Tennis Federation realizes the real way to respect both the game and Roland Garros is by not singling out the greatest tennis player in the world for petty nonsense.

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