On the eve of the US Open, the big story in tennis isn’t the last Slam of the year, but rather the French Open. French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli recently said in an interview that the French Open will ban players from wearing catsuit-like outfits like the one Serena Williams wore this past year.
Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!! pic.twitter.com/xXb3BKDGNF
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 29, 2018
Was this just some sort of PR stunt by the French to get in the news just ahead of the US Open? If so, it worked.
Today, Serena, who’s coach is French and spends a lot of time in France, brushed it off knowing that if push came to shove, Serena’s going to win this battle.
“I think that obviously the Grand Slams have a right to do what they want to do. I feel like if and when, or if they know that some things are for health reasons, then there’s no way that they wouldn’t be okay with it. So I think it’s fine.
“I’m sure we would come to an understanding and everything will be okay,” she added. “So it wouldn’t be a big deal. He’s a really great guy.”
Serena explained the catsuit was for medical reasons and to keep her fit after pregnancy and all the other issues she’s had.
With no catsuit at the US Open, Serena will have a new outfit uneveiled. But meantime, she says the cuitsuit controvery is over.
“We talked yesterday, yeah. Everything’s fine, guys,” Serena said of Giudicelli.
— Nike (@Nike) August 25, 2018
What great PR for Nike, Serena and for tennis which made made headlines across the country.
Serena opens play at the US Open Monday night against Magda Linette of Poland. Serena is trying to win her 6th US Open title and 24th Grand Slam which would match her with Margaret Smith Court for the all-time record.
She turns 37 in September.
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