Nike responded to Serena Williams’ catsuit ban after the French Open introduced a new dress code for players’ outfits, which will make the competitors dress more conservatively at the tournament.
The apparel company tweeted a photo Saturday of Williams wearing the tight black suit at Roland Garros earlier this year with a motivational message.
“You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers. #justdoit,” the tweet read.
You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers. #justdoit pic.twitter.com/dDB6D9nzaD
— Nike (@Nike) August 25, 2018
French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said earlier this week Williams will no longer be allowed to wear the catsuit at the French Open in the future.
“I believe we have sometimes gone too far,” Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine (via The Independent). “Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.”
Williams compared her outfit at Roland Garros to something from Marvel’s Black Panther and said in May the new look made her “feel like a super hero.” Williams also explained she felt like it was “an opportunity to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.”
Not all superheroes wear capes. Ours certainly doesn’t.
Serena Williams on @TennisChannel:
“All the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and have to come back and try to be fierce, in a middle of everything. That’s what this represents. You can’t beat a cat suit, right?” pic.twitter.com/VzU1MdBLVe
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) May 29, 2018
The outfit Williams wore wasn’t just a fashion statement, though, as it was designed to protect against blood clots. Williams struggled with a swelling of clotted blood after giving birth to her daughter, Olympia.