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Serena Williams' Catsuit Was Banned At The French Open, Even Though It Prevented Her From Getting Blood Clots

By Nadine / vendredi 31 août 2018 05:30
Because policing women's bodies and also disregarding their medical needs is a thing that's happening in 2018. Talk about FML.

During the 2018 French Open, Serena Williams stepped out onto the court in an powerful skin-tight black cat suit, that wowed fans everywhere. The suit was an iconic look for the athlete's first tournament back since giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia last summer.

Apart from simply looking fierce, the suit, which was designed specifically for Williams by Nike, served a medical purpose. Williams returned to the court for the 2018 French Open after a life-threatening delivery to her baby girl, during which she suffered from blood clots. According to the Guardian, the cat suit was engineered to prevent further blood clots while she played tennis.

But it was fierce and iconic even without it being medically necessary. Williams told USA Today  that the single red stripe around the waist was meant to represent "all the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and have to come back and try to be fierce, in the middle of everything." 

While it seemed like everyone was on board, the president of the French Tennis Federation had other things to say.

In an interview with Tennis magazine's 500th edition, Bernard Giudicelli singled out the cat suit as "going to far"

"it will no longer be accepted," Giudicelli said. "One must respect the game and the place."

Sure. Because Williams wearing a suit that was medically necessary for her and made her feel like a superhero is clearly disrespecting the game. Nevermind disrespecting women's ability to choose what will go on their own bodies. Let's face it: this was nothing more than yet another incident where a man decides what is appropriate for a woman to wear. What was it, too difficult to focus on the actual game of tennis? 

We aren't the only ones to be completely appalled at the news of the cat suit ban. Twitter had a thing or two to say, as well.

Recently, Williams spoke out about the incident clearing the air of any ill feelings between her and the French Tennis Federation's president.

"We have a great relationship," Williams explained. "Everything's fine, guys."

Well, good for you girl. As for us, we still kinda wanna kick him where the sun don't shine.

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By  Charlie Given  |  18

What really banning her suit that was more respectful and decent looking than what most of those tennis player's ware on the Court's is this guy a moron,he should ban the junk revealing men's suits,or cameltoe mini skirts that the women wear 🤔🙄😒

By  BurnInDemonFire  |  24

People keep referring to it as a "Black Panther" catsuit, and not once has Serena exclaimed "Wakanda Forever!". I'm not sure if that's maturity, or if she hasn't seen the movie, yet.

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By  Charlie Given  |  18

What really banning her suit that was more respectful and decent looking than what most of those tennis player's ware on the Court's is this guy a moron,he should ban the junk revealing men's suits,or cameltoe mini skirts that the women wear 🤔🙄😒

By  BurnInDemonFire  |  24

People keep referring to it as a "Black Panther" catsuit, and not once has Serena exclaimed "Wakanda Forever!". I'm not sure if that's maturity, or if she hasn't seen the movie, yet.

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  cymon  |  3

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/30/serena-williams-wakanda-catsuit-superhero-roland-garros

in the video clip - “I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” referring to the fictional nation in the film Black Panther.

By  J352SAURUS  |  30

Apparently they don't allow compression clothing in tennis because it's an "unfair advantage". Complete bullshit. I feel sorry for her. Not to mention the other chick (I can't remember her name right now) who got a warning for taking her shirt off and correcting it because it was the wrong way around, even though the male players could be without their shirts no problem.

By  Redgy22  |  25

It's called Tradition & should be respected. If she can't play by the rules of the tournament then she shouldn't play. Regardless of the reason. or she could have asked for prior permission.

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  Cali  |  51

You mention "the rules of the tournament" but there was no rule against this, right? More broadly, I honestly don't understand how a suit that covers most of her body is less respectful or more scandalous than the mini-skirts and short shorts that many female tennis players wear.

By  Taurus_ChicKa  |  31

I see nothing wrong with this suit, and if it's medically necessary, that dick had no reason at all to ban it. Respect the game? Has he even SEEN what most players wear to tennis games? Serena's suit is very modest in comparison. Hope that douche is proud of himself.

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