By Sandra Rose  | 

Serena Williams shrugged off a French Open ban on wearing catsuits similar to the ones she wore when she won three previous French Open titles. The tennis superstar was asked about the catsuit ban at a press conference ahead of the U.S. Open tennis tournament this week.

Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation, announced the ban last week, saying the catsuits were not in keeping with the respectable traditions and long history of the French Open. He added: "I think that sometimes we've gone too far."

But Serena, 36, said she wears the skintight catsuits for medical reasons, not to flaunt her voluptuous curves.

Serena was hospitalized multiple times over the years for potentially deadly blood clots in her lungs. Blood clots often form in the legs and travel through the veins to the lungs where they can cause a deadly condition known as pulmonary embolism.

Serena says she nearly died after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian via C-section last September.

People who are susceptible to blood clots usually wear compression stockings on their legs -- not full body suits.

"I think that obviously, the Grand Slams have a right to do what they want to do," Serena said, explaining that she had spoken to Giudicelli and that she had a strong relationship with the French official.

Serena, who speaks fluent French, added that she is confident she will get the go-ahead to continue wearing the black catsuits at the French Open at Roland Garros Stadium next year.

"If they know that some things are for health reasons, then there's no way that they wouldn't be okay with it. So, I think it's fine," the tennis legend added.

Serena will begin her quest to win a seventh U.S. Open title on Monday, Aug. 27. She will sport a tennis outfit designed by fashion designer Virgil Abloh in collaboration with Nike.

Photos by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images, Best Image / BACKGRID USA

  • LeeSeeCee

    Serena handled this with grace and humor. I like that the male and female professional players (active & retired) are calling this ban nonsense as well.

  • Trace da Ace

    Serena ain't stressing this...not at all...she is going kill it anyways....and also I would RATHER the females wear catsuits and such other than them tiny ass skirts....just saying....

  • ATL White Guy
  • Coy little wink

    Translation: catsuit or not Serena says she gone still make it do what it do

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Serena has become quite comfortable dealing with her white suppressors. She doesn’t even care.

    She is the best female tennis player in the world but not the highest paid. How sway?

  • iWasteTime

    Has Anne White weighed in yet?
    30 years ago she did it too and it was considered sexy and trend setting.

    They're reaching and it's sad. 5 pee tests a week and y'all still can't stop her.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    So we're just going to act like this isn't racially motivated and they aren't targeting her?? Oh, ok.

  • Andrea Williams

    Just one more way of them trying to get at Serena. The excessive drug testing and now THIS.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Question, I never watch it much but do any other tennis player wear outfits like Serena?

  • WutizstillHERE!

    I applaud her response..she knows what they are doing..but she is trying to rise above their agenda..

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Anne white had a white girl body..Serena has allll the curves LOL..but as you know.. just like our unprofessional cornrows turned into trendy boxer is a double standard..

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  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Y’all Serena haters are JEALOUS. What is your occupation? Do you have an amazing man or woman? This amazing woman lived well because she lived out her dream. Get a life and grip haters.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Cat suit with tennis skirt over it.
    Problem solved.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    We all know it is.

  • Roderick2011

    Why hide what God gave you?

  • Sircaput

    I had to make sure no one was around while looking at that second picture, hell I would have banned her to, that body is amazing..and having to sit and look at that every year, I am sure the guy who has to judge that tennis match can't focus!

  • GAPeach

    There was one other woman in the 80's. I can't remember her name. You know exactly why they are doing this

  • Logan Roberts

    It seems like they're trying to get her to say fuck it & just retire. Keep going strong Serena, when they go low you go high.

  • Rayne

    ??Nothing but a brick house ?

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Pretty much

  • Renee26

    Obviously when the comment says they've taken things too far... Make tennis great again is what he really said

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    She is just the shyt to me!!! Beautiful all around!!

  • Karen Brady

    So basically what you sayin' is 'Shake what your mama gave you", huh? I hear that.

  • Karen Brady

    Continue to walk with your head held high Serena and don't get out of character for these folk.

  • SayWhatNow?

    I hate the words boxer braids with a passion!

  • Roderick2011

    Everyone has seen Serena in bikinis so why hide it now.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    My question is HOW n d HELL is that Redditt man banging all that ass?????? I was so shocked she gave up/in...........I wouldn't want to square up with her strong ass......lmao

  • Trace da Ace

    hello!!!!! #truth

  • Trace da Ace

    It seems like they are ALWAYS trying to tear down this black woman.....random but frequent drug tests, now the damn they will be saying that her hair is "not within standards" or is "distracting".....its all a ploy for a white dominated sport to try to make the best thing that happened in the boring ass sport.....retire or give up. I hope and pray that she slay every single one of them dumb asses....for real....she is the shit...and they can't stand it!!!

  • abby500

    I’m a little sick of her. She has been doing all this whining abt not being able to be with her baby. And missing a first step . In the big picture of her and the child’s life how impactful will that be? This chick has mad money and a spouse to help to set arrangements to see the kid everyday day...all day! A few hours away to “work” isn’t going to destroy the child. People overdo it with this attitude of giving up their entire existence for their children. You still can be a great parent and STILL do you. If it’s killing her THAT much..then retire. This powderpuff society just does too much.

  • ATL White Guy

    If he doesn't do the job, I'll be white guy #2 to give it a try. Serena is my Queen!

  • What???

    Serena is great for business which is why they WANT her there. She brings a lot money to the sport but why would they want her dressed like a L.A. hooker?? Bringing money to a sport does not give you a license to do whatever you want, she's not at the top of the food chain. You Negroes kill me like everyone is jealous when they're actually laughing at you and that horse hair on Serenas head. I thought Serena was supposed to be classy but apparently money couldn't even buy that. What a joke, what an insecure woman needing to display her body like its some kind of empowerment.

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  • SunRiseBlossom

    Zeta... I said the same thing.. Problem solved!!!

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    I don’t know why women think being whorish is something powerful

  • Simone

    Do you know about tennis? Earnings are based on prize money and endorsements, not just who's the best player. Serena had her baby and was off for more than a year so her prize money earnings is way down. However, she is the highest paid female overall in all sports due to her endorsements.

  • Autumn Franklin

    Money never replaces moments. There is a difference between whinning and answering a question regarding being a new mom.

  • Lovey

    Wearing a cat suit is not whorish, I don't care what Serena Williams wears her curves will always be visible, she is a fit athlete! She is powerful not for her body but for ALL her accomplishments. . .google her.

  • Faithz

    When it comes to fashion, you don't want to be a repeat offender
    Williams said!!

  • Faithz

    Because many are Jealous because Serena Has Dinner Rolls, and all they are used to looking at is Flat Pan cakes.

  • Lovey

    Hate to bust your bubble but crackas wear weaves just as much maybe more that Black women, it has not become a billion dollar industry with just Black women. Serena is classy, curvy, and intelligent. At least her BILLIONAIRE husband thinks so, why are you soooo mad? I bet you are fat, uneducated, and live in a trailer.

  • Faithz

    I see no Lies.

  • Faithz

    Yes school the air heads.

  • Faithz

    View the 20 top earning tennis players of all time in the list below:
    Novak Djokovic - $109.8m.
    Roger Federer - $107.7m.
    Rafael Nadal - $86.2m.
    Serena Williams - $84.4m.
    Andy Murray - $60.8m.
    Pete Sampras - $43.2m.
    Venus Williams - $37.9m.
    Maria Sharapova - $36.5m

  • Roderick2011

    Correct the black body (both male and female) has been fetishized by whites since slavery and white folks are still perverts.

  • Sassie

    Your post sounds dumb. Serena has NEVER looked like an LA Hooker. Really? And the comment about her hair was in ill taste, too. Just stop commenting, please.

  • Sassie

    ^^^^^^^^^^that part!!!!!

  • ShWa

    Hatin on Serena....get some self esteem....

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Serena Willams is a talented tennis player, who brings in millions, so I'm sure they will drop the dress code for her.

  • Faithz

    You are so right about that.

  • Faithz

    When they hold court on your assets, in a cat suit You have a sit down with ESPN, Boss Lady move.

  • What???

    First of all you racist JACKASS, white women and other NATURALLY straight haired women wear weaves to ENHANCE THEIR OWN NATURAL HAIR WITH WEAVES THAT MATCH THEIR OWN NATURAL HAIR. I don't see white women spending BILLIONS on AFROS OR KINKY HAIRED WEAVES AND EXTENSIONS TO MIMICK YOU. YOU spend BILLIONS not them. Second, Serena's husband is NOT a billionaire he's only worth $10 million. Not $100 million, TEN. Her net worth is 13 times his. I'm sure he's a nice guy and he'll get some value out of being in Serena's social network and bounce. but anyway, get your facts straight O.

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  • C Mack

    A full body suit is less appropriate than a short, barely there tennis skirt?

  • Eileen

    I love my Serena!!!

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    You just proved my point

  • abby500

    I didn’t say money replaced time. I stated the opposite. She has resources to keep her child very close by. Whereas regular folks can take their kids to work.

  • Overpower Radio

    She's graceful.

  • Jussjess25

    I would kill to have serene’s body

  • Malcom Flex

    Pure and simple RACISM.

  • Faithz

    She sure is.

  • Faithz

    So right on, many of these broke, bitter deranged
    h e f f a s are Mad because Rena is a black woman who was able to make it to the top of the Sports of Tennis, and while Her name will be Written on Tennis Leader Boards , and put in Cement from now on they are still going to be stuck on stupid going no place.

  • Faithz


  • Faithz

    School the Losers.

  • LibgraScales

    Oh, please! White woman are spending millions on weaves, but they are spending BILLIONS on everything else such as tanning, collagen for their lips, implants and padded clothing TRYING to compete. And who the hell cares if her hubby is a Billionaire or Millionaire. He loves her and her married her and only a jealous bytch would be talking about him bouncing because that's what you hope. So, with that said, get this FACT straight. Serena will go down as the GREATEST women's tennis player EVER and tennis will never be the same once she is gone and that goes for Venus as well. To get to where she is all the way from Compton, CA is not only miraculous, but should become a blueprint for other tennis players, particularly BLACK players that you don't need the thousand dollar trainers if you are willing to work hard and have talent. They came through the back door and bust that door wide open for all women, but particularly black and brown little girls who have a dream to play tennis one day. So, you need to really GTFOH with your bullshit. I can't stand hating ass bytches . And all of this over her wearing a cat suit that shows her curves and you talking about her hair and her so-called insecurities. Bytch have several seats. You're the one that's insecure. You can't stand for a Black woman to be on top. Your insecure statement says volumes about YOU not her. You carry on though and do what you do. Ignorance is bliss in your realm.

  • starbright9449

    I think a customized compression catsuit would be better than compression socks or stockings right. Why imply she wears catsuits for vain reasons? Smh