A year after her French Open catsuit stirred up controversy, Serena Williams has returned to the French Open at Rowland Garros with yet another bold fashion statement intended to celebrate who she is and has become in the world of tennis.
On Monday,Williams began the quest for a fourth French Open title dressed in a zebra-striped outfit designed by Nike and this time, she is celebrating femininity as her outfit, a black-and-white athletic dress also featured a warm-up cape with the words, "mother, champion, queen, goddess" emblazoned on it in French.
Serena Williams unveiled her outfit for the 2019 French Open on Instagram
Williams, hoping to win a 24th Grand Slam of her career, had to come from a set down to win the opening match 2-1 and while the shaky start may have caught attention, it was her outfit that again grabbed the spotlight.
Serena Williams wins her first match at the 2019 French Open
The former world No.1, earlier on Sunday, had posted on Twitter a preview of her French Open-designed look and she seemed to have also developed the love for making statements with her outfit.
Returning from the maternity break after having her first child, Serena chose a black catsuit for the 2018 French Open, which she said was dedicated to all mothers who had a tough time recovering from pregnancy.
The catsuit outfit for 2018 that has been banned at the French Open
Beyond being fashionable, Williams said the suit was practical as well as it helped with her health, as she had suffered life-threatening blood clots after giving birth to her daughter in 2017.
“I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So it is definitely a little functionality to it,” Williams said at the time.
Almost coincidental with the release of the box office movie, Black Panther, she said the movie had been an inspiration to the idea behind her outfit.
“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” she joked at the time. On Instagram, she dedicated it to “all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy.”
However, not everyone was enthused and amused by the outfit as the French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli suggested Williams' outfit was disrespecting the game and subsequently said similar outfits would not be allowed at the French Open.
With no restriction on colour, the French Open has seen Serena Williams also show up in some of the most colourful outfits over the years.
Serena Williams' French Open dress for 2014
Serena Williams chose a colourful outfit for the 2015 French Open
Serena Williams' 2015 outfit looked even more attractive with the purple warm-up jacket
Blue was the colour theme for Serena Williams' 2016 outfit
Serena Williams' 2019 catsuit outfit was dedicated to all mothers who had a tough time recovering from pregnancy.
2019: Serena Williams: mother, champion, goddess, queen