The French Open Banned Her Catsuit, So Serena Williams Responded With A Head-Turning Outfit

"It's easy to play in."

In the wake of her French Open catsuit being banned and deemed disrespectful, Serena Williams certainly didn't disappoint with what she showed up wearing to the 2018 US Open.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion faced off against Polish player Magda Linette in the first round, emerging victorious after two sets with a score of 6-4, 6-0. But it wasn't the way Williams played — or the fact that her iconic serve sealed the win — that got people talking. Instead, it was her outfit: a fierce bodysuit tutu.

Williams donned the custom-designed look, a creation from Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh, in a Nike collaboration called for her Queen clothing line. Williams, who topped the outfit off with glittery NikeCourt Flare footwear and fishnet compression tights, even raved about how it felt to compete in it.

"It's easy to play in," Williams said in a post-match press conference. "Kind of aerodynamic with the one arm free. It feels really good. Yeah, the tutu is easy to play in because I practiced in it before. That was fun."

Though fellow tennis icon Billie Jean King came to her defense in the whole catsuit controversy, Williams has never been afraid to speak up when she sees injustices against female athletes and the blatant sexism in sports. In addition, Williams has also been outspoken about the treatment of people of color as well.

Plus, the outfit made Williams' go-to celebratory twirl look that much cuter.

This epic tutu moment just so happens to have occurred on the same day French player Alizé Cornet was controversially handed a court violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after briefly changing her top during a match (as she had it on backward). 

This got social media in an uproar, as male players go shirtless all the time. After all, Cornet had a sports bra on during the exchange. Today, in response, the US Open clarified that women in the sport are entitled to the same rights as their male counterparts.

(H/T: HuffPost | CNN | Twitter)

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