Serena Williams’ ‘Black Panther’ Themed Catsuit Banned By French Open

Serena Williams’ Black Panther-like catsuit has been banned from all future tennis tournaments. This decision has drawn the attention of various fans and has led to a severe condemnation on social media.

French Open President Bernard Giudicelli revealed this during an interview with Tennis Magazine. Bernard said that Williams along with other players would have to be more conservative in the comings days.

“It’s a bit late because the collections are already designed but we are going to nonetheless ask the manufacturers to let us know what is coming,” Giudicelli said. “I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.”

We saw Williams wearing a Nike skin/tight outfit as it protects blood clots. Williams almost died while giving birth to her daughter Olympia because of a swelling of clotted blood outside a vessel.

“First my C-section wound popped open due to the intense coughing I endured as a result of the embolism. I returned to surgery, where the doctors found a large hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, in my abdomen. And then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from traveling to my lungs,” Williams explained.

“It’s cool, I call it my Wakanda-inspired catsuit, it’s really fun. Although we designed it way before the movie, but still, it kind of reminds me of that,” she said earlier this year. She said at the competition the outfit made her feel “like a warrior princess” and that it allowed her “an opportunity to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.”

Nike responded to the controversy by posting a tweet showing Williams in action with Nike’s iconic “just do it” logo as the hashtag. Since then, fans have criticised the President and his ban. Keith Olbermann, who’s a renowned sports commentator has even dubbed the move as “sexist” and “racist”. Check Keith’s, and some other reactions following the incident, below:

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