Serena Williams’ made a bold and stylish statement with her custom, teal Nike romper and fishnets at the Australian Open today.
In her first match, against Germany’s Tatjana Maria, the tennis legend, 37, wore a custom Nike romper in teal, with black and white stripes. But, it was her fishnets underneath her mini jumpsuit that really caught the eyes of the crowd.
Williams’ defeated Maria, and after the match referred to her outfit as her “Serena-tard” in a post-game press conference. Thousands of other complimentary tweets continued to pour in, including this one: “Her outfits never disappoint!”
While her outfit nearly took over the match, it was her return to the Aussie Open that ultimately had spectators in awe. This marked Serena’s first time back at the Australian Open since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia.
Serena Williams consoled Tatjana Maria after cruising to a win.
She's now 18-0 in the 1st round of the Australian Open, the most such wins overall and the most without a loss. pic.twitter.com/PS0zVHFwIv
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 15, 2019
Serena previously won the 2016 Australian Open while she was in the early stages of her pregnancy.
Known for her bold fashion on the court, in May 2018, she stirred up controversy for wearing a skin-tight black catsuit to the French Open. The French Tennis Federation’s President Bernard Giudicelli later criticized her in August and promised to put forth stricter dress code rules that would ban her tight attire.
However, the Women’s Tennis Association Rules Committee and Board of Directors later approved Serena’s look. In a shortened version of their rule changes for 2019, the organization stated that “leggings and mid-thigh-length compression shorts may be worn with or without a skirt, shorts, or dress.” Just call her the catsuit queen of the tennis court!