Serena Williams’ ‘Wakanda-Inspired’ Outfit Gets Mixed Reactions

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Serena Williams has caught the attention of many a fans throughout her career for reasons not just restricted to tennis and her return to the sport has seen her become the talk of the tennis world yet again. It’s her attire this time that has sent the tongues wagging.

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The former number one and the 23-time Grand Slam winner, returned to competitive tennis after a layoff for her pregnancy and she has begun well with two wins in the French Open. In her second round match against Ash Barty she needed to overcome a set loss and a break in the second set to make it to the round three.

And her tennis dress, which she called a Wakanda-inspired suit has been the focal point of her game. Williams has herself said she was inspired by the movie Black Panther for her uniform which she is required to wear to avoid blood clots after a difficult delivery.

Speaking to the media, Williams, who last won the 2017 Australian Open, explained:

“I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, (a) queen from Wakanda. I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”

“I feel like a superhero when I wear it.”

There have been a few however, who have asked whether the outfit fit in the tennis dress code rules. Czech world number 70 Krystyna Pliskova, who was Williams’ first round opponent asked whether the dress was legal.

She said:

“I was wondering if it was in the rules. I don’t even know what material it is, it looks like neoprene. They should follow the rules, otherwise play in the nude!”

On the other hand, Australian doubles player Arina Rodionova called it a cool outfit but added if it was allowed in the rules.

“But just wondering how is that allowed by the rules if we only allowed to wear legging until the middle of the calf the longest, and ALWAYS have to wear skirt/shorts on top of the leggings. Were there any rules changes?”

What do you think? Was Williams’ outfit cool or broke any law?

Stan Boone
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Love all racket sports but none more than tennis. Fell in love with it thanks to Steffi Graf.

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