NIKE defends Serena Williams over her catsuit ban at French Open

Serena Williams

Tennis champ, Serena Williams was banned from wearing her “Blank Panther” inspired catsuit at the French Open in future.

The president of the French Tennis Association’s president Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine in an interview that the tournament will now have a dress code because he believes “sometimes we’ve gone too far.” He singled out Williams’ bodysuit, explaining that it “will no longer be accepted,” according to the Associated Press.

“One must respect the game and the place,” Giudicelli said, adding that while the French Open will “impose certain limits,” its rules won’t be as strict as Wimbledon’s where players must wear all white.

Reacting to the ban, American multinational corporation, NIKE shared a photo of the 23-time Grand Slam champion wearing the catsuit and wrote:

 ‘You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers. #justdoit’

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