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French Open bans Serena's catsuit

Serena Williams in at the French Open, May 29,, 2018. The French Open is introducing a dress code for next season, with an official pointing out three-time champion Serena Williams as a prime reason.

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Serena Williams in at the French Open, May 29,, 2018. The French Open is introducing a dress code for next season, with an official pointing out three-time champion Serena Williams as a prime reason. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Serena Williams in at the French Open, May 29,, 2018. The French Open is introducing a dress code for next season, with an official pointing out three-time champion Serena Williams as a prime reason. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said the "catsuit" worn by Williams during this year's tournament would be out of bounds going forward. "It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place," he said.

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French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said the "catsuit" worn by Williams during this year's tournament would be out of bounds going forward. "It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place," he...more

French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said the "catsuit" worn by Williams during this year's tournament would be out of bounds going forward. "It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place," he said. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Williams wore the skin-tight black catsuit for her opening match at Roland Garros this year, saying it made her feel like a superhero and dedicating it to new mothers. "All the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy ... have to come back and try to be fierce, in (the) middle of everything," said Williams, who was returning from a long layoff after the birth of her first child in September 2017.

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Williams wore the skin-tight black catsuit for her opening match at Roland Garros this year, saying it made her feel like a superhero and dedicating it to new mothers. "All the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy ... have to come back and try...more

Williams wore the skin-tight black catsuit for her opening match at Roland Garros this year, saying it made her feel like a superhero and dedicating it to new mothers. "All the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy ... have to come back and try to be fierce, in (the) middle of everything," said Williams, who was returning from a long layoff after the birth of her first child in September 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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Williams described the suit as her "Wakanda-inspired catsuit," referencing the fictional Sub-Saharan African nation which is home to superhero Black Panther in Marvel Comics. "I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, queen from Wakanda maybe ... I'm always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it's kind of my way of being a superhero. I feel like a superhero when I wear it."

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Williams described the suit as her "Wakanda-inspired catsuit," referencing the fictional Sub-Saharan African nation which is home to superhero Black Panther in Marvel Comics. "I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, queen from...more

Williams described the suit as her "Wakanda-inspired catsuit," referencing the fictional Sub-Saharan African nation which is home to superhero Black Panther in Marvel Comics. "I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, queen from Wakanda maybe ... I'm always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it's kind of my way of being a superhero. I feel like a superhero when I wear it." REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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There is also a more serious reason for the choice of skin-tight bodysuit outfit for Williams. She has spoken about health concerns over blood clots in the days after giving birth, and at the French Open in May said: "Yeah, the catsuit, 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. I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going. It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I can be able to play without any problems."

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There is also a more serious reason for the choice of skin-tight bodysuit outfit for Williams. She has spoken about health concerns over blood clots in the days after giving birth, and at the French Open in May said: "Yeah, the catsuit, I had a lot...more

There is also a more serious reason for the choice of skin-tight bodysuit outfit for Williams. She has spoken about health concerns over blood clots in the days after giving birth, and at the French Open in May said: "Yeah, the catsuit, 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. I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going. It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I can be able to play without any problems." REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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The new rules weren't released, but Giudicelli says they won't be as restrictive as Wimbledon's all-white policy.

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The new rules weren't released, but Giudicelli says they won't be as restrictive as Wimbledon's all-white policy. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

The new rules weren't released, but Giudicelli says they won't be as restrictive as Wimbledon's all-white policy. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Serena Williams in action at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Serena Williams in action at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Serena Williams in action at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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Serena Williams in action at the French Open, June 2, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Serena Williams in action at the French Open, June 2, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Serena Williams in action at the French Open, June 2, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Serena Williams in action at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Serena Williams in action at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Serena Williams in action at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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Serena Williams celebrates winning her first round match against Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Serena Williams celebrates winning her first round match against Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Serena Williams celebrates winning her first round match against Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Serena Williams is interviewed by Marion Bartoli after winning her first round match at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Serena Williams is interviewed by Marion Bartoli after winning her first round match at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Serena Williams is interviewed by Marion Bartoli after winning her first round match at the French Open, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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Serena Williams appears at a press conference after withdrawing from the French Open due to injury, June 4, 2018.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Serena Williams appears at a press conference after withdrawing from the French Open due to injury, June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Serena Williams appears at a press conference after withdrawing from the French Open due to injury, June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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