The French Tennis Federation declared that Williams’ skin-tight black catsuit, which she wore at the French Open this year, will not be acceptable in next year’s installment because of a new dress code implemented after players’ outfits became too unique for tennis.
“I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted,” French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said in an interview with Tennis Magazine.
Giudicelli said the French Open won’t adapt as strict a clothing code as Wimbledon, which requires players to wear all white, but will have its limits. He added that the FFT will be looking to view collections ahead of next year’s tournament.
Williams donned the Nike sportswear futuristic onesie at Roland Garros, where she made the round of 16 in her first Grand Slam since giving birth last September.
She dedicated the attire to moms who have had a tough pregnancy.
“All the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and have to come back and try to be fierce, in the middle of everything. That’s what this represents. You can’t beat a catsuit, right?”
Williams, 36, enters next week’s US Open as the No. 17 seed.