After ‘Catsuit’ Outfit Criticism, Serena Williams Wears Stunning Nike Tutu At U.S. Open [PHOTOS]
On Monday, the 36-year-old superstar decided to ditch that outfit for a black tutu for her first-round U.S. Open game. The garment was reportedly custom-designed by Nike and renown Luis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh, a friend of rapper Kanye West.
Williams also donned Nike sneakers and fishnet tights. The 23-time Grand Slam champion thanked Abloh after the designer captioned a photo of her on his Instagram page: “Willing to design dresses for her for life.”
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 26, 2018
In a press conference after her 6-4, 6-0 first-round victory over 68th-ranked Polish player Magda Linette on Monday, Williams — who is seeking her sixth U.S. Open singles title — called her new outfit “aerodynamic” because it lets one of her arms be more “free,” and added it’s “easy to play in.”
Williams previously said that her catsuit was inspired by the hit Marvel superhero film Black Panther and that it helped her avoid blood clots following health complications she faced after her daughter was born. French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli recently announced that such outfits would now be banned from the French Open.
On Saturday, Williams did not seem remotely outraged over Giudicelli’s decision.
— ESPN (@espn) August 25, 2018
Williams will next face 23-year-old German Carina Witthöft in a second-round U.S. Open match on Wednesday night.
Here are some of the top fan reactions to Williams’ tutu:
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) August 28, 2018
#SerenaWilliams walked into her first round match at the #USOpen tonight rocking a whole one sleeved bodysuit tutu and a leather jacket, all designed by #VirgilAbloh for #OffWhite. Chick slayed, easily winning this first match. Congrats! #BlackExcellenc… https://t.co/gSa9NLOI0N pic.twitter.com/iQlHPPTWBM
— YBF CHIC (@TheYBF) August 28, 2018
Serena’s U.S. open outfit is everything👸🏾 pic.twitter.com/mDS21SSEkd
— Black Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) August 28, 2018
Here’s @serenawilliams as she debuts this stunning ensemble from the “Queen Collection” tonight in her first match at the #USOpen - her fashion collaboration with @Nike x @virgilabloh. 🎾 #fashion #style #sports #tennis #Nike #VirgilAbloh #NewYork #SerenaWilliams pic.twitter.com/ANNJEqgTW4
— Tenille Clarke (@tenilleclarke1) August 28, 2018
They didn’t let @serenawilliams wear her catsuit. She came out in a tutu. Yasss Queen. 🔥🎾🐐❤️😭😍🙌🏼
— Xasha (@XashaSuree) August 28, 2018