By Skylar Letteer:
Serena Williams is an athletic prodigy, ranked number one in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association. She has won 30 singles and 23 grand slam single titles, making her a powerhouse in sporting and a force to be reckoned with. While Williams may seem unstoppable, during her pregnancy she experienced rapid blood clotting which was almost life threatening on two occasions. Nike heard the news and decided to not only show admiration for their sponsored icon, but chose to create a full athletic bodysuit which reduces the likelihood of further blood clotting incidents. Williams was thrilled to hear the news and told BBC Radio 5 that the catsuit made her feel like a superhero and helped her cope with her rapid blood clotting issue. She was shown wearing the catsuit during the 2018 tournament and the Australian Open had no issue with the skin tight activewear.
Although Williams has not worn the suit since, the French Open publicly stated that she is prohibited from wearing the specially designed bodysuit. Bernard Guidicelli regarded the situation on twitter, expressing the reason as to why the suit was banned. Guidicelli tweeted, “You have to respect the game and the place,” and followed up by saying, “Serena’s outfit this year for example, would no longer be accepted.” Social media uproar occurred after the tweets went viral due to Nike’s witty and respectful response, “You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her powers.” Williams handled Guidicelli's statements appropriately and said she had no intentions of wearing the suit anyway. News articles and fans alike are convinced this is an example of elitism considering Serena Williams’s star power. No matter the attire, you can not take away the skill that Williams possesses. Being number one in the world was not possible because of a catsuit alone, she dedicates herself to her career and leaves no one unimpressed while she is on and off the court.