Serena Williams is basically a superhero, having played the French Open in May, her first tournament since her daughter's birth in September 201
7. Williams did so in a black body designed specifically for her by Nike. Although it looked great – and Williams is known for its farm style – it had a health-related purpose: it was supposedly designed to prevent blood clots from forming while it was kicking. (She had blood clots after giving birth.)
Twitter was crazy about the sleek look, but apparently the French Tennis Federation did not do that: The organization is reportedly considering new regulations that would prohibit outfits like theirs. "It is no longer accepted," said the association president, referring to outfits like Williams. "You have to respect the game and the place."
However, Nike clearly stands by her catsuit. The company posted a tweet on Saturday that reads like a nod to the President's ban. "You can take the superhero out of your costume, but you can never take their superpowers away. #Justdoit," the tweet reads.
Tennis has been historically slow with progress for women: Wimbledon still lists the best female players in the world by the names of their husbands, and it was only this summer that the US Open announced athletes will not be punished for maternity leave anymore become. Although the French Tennis Federation could see itself as the arbiter of style, we hope they can embrace an era in which women are neither new mothers nor athletes, but both at the same time.
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