French Tennis Federation President Bans Serena Williams' Wakanda-Inspired Catsuit, Faces Backlash

Did he even bother to know the reason behind Serena Williams wearing the catsuit before imposing the ban?

French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli has imposed a ban on Serena Williams’s Black Panther-inspired catsuit, saying she needs to respect the game.

Serena, who made a comeback from her maternity leave with the French Open last May, said that the suit helps her prevent blood clots, an issue which almost threatened her life during daughter Alexis Olympia’s birth.

In an interview with Tennis Magazine, Giudicelli talked about the new dress code regulations. He said, “It (Serena’s catsuit) will not be tolerated. One must respect the game and the place.”

He even justified his bizarre decision to ban the suit by saying, “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far”.

In an earlier interview, Williams had shared the medical reasons behind wearing the catsuit. She said,

“I had a lot of problems with my blood clots. God, I don’t know how many I’ve had in the last 12 months. I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of queen from Wakanda maybe. I’ve always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s my way of being a superhero,”

Post Giudicelli’s catsuit remarks, Twitterati came in majority to back Serena and slam the president’s inconsiderate remarks. While a few citied previous instances where players had worn bodysuits, some pointed this out as ‘another case of racism disguised as a “dress code”.

Here are a few tweets:

The 36-year-old wore the catsuit during her first round win of French Open 2018 against Czech Republic player Kristyna Pliskova,

“I’ve been wearing pants a lot in general when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going. It’s a fun suit, but it’s also functional so I can play without any problems,” she added.

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The legend with 23 grand slams under her belt, including three in French Open, is called ‘the game’ by her fans. It will not be a surprise if The French Tennis Federation rolls back its decision soon.