Skip To Content
    31 May 2018

    Serena Williams Rocked Up In A Black Panther-Inspired Catsuit At The French Open And Honestly, What A Queen

    "I feel like a warrior princess."

    This is Serena Williams: brand new mama, fashion trendsetter, and THE greatest tennis player of all time*.

    Aurelien Meunier / Getty Images

    *Don't @ me. G.O.A.T contender Roger Federer said so.

    She recently returned to compete in her first grand slam after taking 14 months off for maternity leave.

    Juergen Hasenkopf/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

    And she's back smashing it, winning her first two matches at Roland-Garros (one singles, one doubles with sister Venus)...AND killing it in a Black Panther-inspired catsuit.

    Christophe Simon / AFP / Getty Images

    You see, normally women tennis players wear a dress or a skirt in competition.

    Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

    Players including Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka would occasionally break from the norm by wearing shorts. But tennis has never been one for practical outfits (see: Wimbledon dress code) so dresses still abound.

    Now, I know tennis should be about athleticism, not what the athletes wear. Fair. But in Serena's case, her unconventional kit has a functional purpose. It's not just a gimmick.

    Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!! https://t.co/xXb3BKDGNF

    After a particularly difficult birth, Serena said she's had to wear pants when she plays to keep the blood circulation going.

    "Yeah, the catsuit, I had a lot of problems with my blood clots ... It’s a fun suit, but it’s also functional so I can be able to play without any problems," Serena said at a press conference following her first win at Roland-Garros.

    “I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of queen from Wakanda maybe."

    Ella Ling/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

    And people agree it's 100% a superhero MOOD.

    Some Superhero wear capes, some wear a black catsuit. You are an inspiration Miss Williams. Thank you #SerenaWilliams #FRENCHOPEN #Tennis https://t.co/ZbbVp3nz3s

    She's stunning everyone both in her tennis game and her fashion game.

    @serenawilliams Love this tweet and love that catsuit. Cats always land on their feet #Winning

    OMG everyone knows I’m a @serenawilliams super fan...that catsuit is giving me LIFEEEEE!!!!!! And I just read the story behind it. She’s so inspiring!!!! #imtalkingaboutlegendary #FrenchOpen

    She's a true inspiration.

    I've been unable to run for the past 6 months due to blood flow issues. As someone who ran 6-10 miles a day this has been really tough. @serenawilliams has me inspired. Bring on the catsuit!

    The warrior is back, you guys. Watch her slay.

    Juergen Hasenkopf/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form