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Serena Williams’ banned from wearing ‘Black Panther’ catsuit that helped prevent blood clots

Serena Williams of the US plays a forehand return to Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova during their women's singles first round match on day three of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 29, 2018. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

Back in May, Serena Williams played at the French Open in a slick, black catsuit, which not only made her feel like a character out of Black Panther, but also helped protect against blood clots. The 23-time Grand Slam winner nearly died of a hematoma after giving birth to her daughter, and form-fitting pants, she said, helped “keep the blood circulation going.”

But now, as The Independent reports, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli has said that Williams would not be allowed to wear the outfit again.

“I believe we have sometimes gone too far,” he said in an interview with Tennis magazine. “Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.”

Serena Williams, wearing a black cat suit that drew comparisons to a superhero outfit, prepares to serve on the clay courts at the 2018 French Open Tournament. (Twitter)

When she first wore the outfit, Williams told reporters that the catsuit made her feel like a “warrior princess … from Wakanda maybe,” referencing the fictional world of Black Panther. She also said that she hoped her getup would send a message of empowerment to other mothers who have endured difficult pregnancies and births.

“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,” she said at the time. “I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.”

But Williams hasn’t worn her catsuit since, and she doesn’t seem to be particularly bothered by Giudicelli’s comments. When asked about his remarks during a press conference, she said that she and Giudicelli “have a great relationship.”

“When it comes to fashion,” she added, “you don’t want to be a repeat offender.”

Read the full story at The Independent.


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