What do you think of Nike’s Response to Serena Williams’ Catsuit Ban?
Yesterday, news hit that French Open officials have revised the tournament’s dress code, prohibiting garments such as the black catsuit worn by Serena Williams earlier this year. Williams, who has occasionally worn catsuits on the court since the early 2000s, previously said the Nike-designed piece made her feel like a “superhero.” Additionally, the suit was made to be functional, aiding her with improved circulation and quicker recovery.
French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli explained the decision in Tennis Magazine (H/T ESPN), singling out Williams’ catsuit by saying “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place.”
As gracious as ever, Williams downplayed the decision, saying that she’s spoken to Giudicelli and everything is fine.
Williams’ supporters aren’t letting Giudicelli off that easily, though. While the code doesn’t only apply to Williams, many believe she’s been singled out for a number of reasons, including gender, race, and body type, causing an uproar on social media platforms such as Twitter. One of her biggest supporters, her team at Nike, released the following graphic in response to the new dress code.
— Nike (@Nike) August 25, 2018