Serena Williams speaks out on deeper meaning behind French Open outfit

Jo Caldwell
May 31, 2018

Despite the temperature in Paris reaching 25C (77F), Williams kept her cool in her catsuit, and also said the sleek black number by sponsor Nike had aided her with preventing blood clots - something she has suffered with seriously in the past.

Serena Williams' triumphant return to Grand Slam action caused quite a stir on Tuesday, with her outfit - as well her performance - catching the eye.

"We designed it way before the movie", she said, "but still, it kind of reminds me of that".

"I was wondering if it was in the rules", the Czech said. Looking back, Williams is dumbfounded that she wanted to be so thin.

David Ferrer, who blew a two-set lead against fellow Spaniard Jaume Munar to lost in the Roland Garros for the first time in his career, pointed out that being a father isn't all fun and games.

"I'm always living in a fantasy world", she added.

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The suit is, however, not only fun but also functional.

Dressed in a skintight, all-in-one black bodysuit, broken up by a vivid scarlet belt, Williams captivated the French crowd from the start of the contest to its 7-6 (4), 6-4 conclusion.

She said the outfit also had some functionality.

"I have been wearing trousers a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going". "I'm just happy to take it a day at a time".

Luxembourg's Mandy Minella incredibly played while four and a half months pregnant at Wimbledon previous year, having found out she was expecting a child just before going out on court. I think that's what this represents. But, you know, I'm just here enjoying myself and see what happens.

The tennis star was forced to undergo an emergency caesarean and had surgery for blood clots in her lungs during the birth of Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr in September a year ago - her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian, who she married in Rome just 11 weeks later.

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So how much more hard is it for a mother than a father to play top level tennis?

"When we spoke, she came to Mouratoglou Academy and we did a few practices and I sat with her and told her she was not ready".

At just 17 years old, the wildcard Barty fell 6-2, 6-1 against the top-seeded American in the first round of the 2014 Australian Open.

Taking to Twitter, the 23-time grand slam victor acknowledged the suit was, "For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy", adding, "If I can do it, so can you".

"The biggest difference is definitely I'm semi on time today", she said.

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