Have you guys been following the Serena Williams Catsuit drama? In the latest French Open held in May, Serena wore this all black Nike compression catsuit. I loved this look and even used the image on my Instagram because 1. it was fierce 2. it showed off her athletic and curvy body in a way that made me feel inspired to own my own shape. I especially feel inspired by how her postpartum athleticism is being celebrated by her.
The French Tennis Federation president, however, took exception
“It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place.”Bernard Giudicelli
Serena Williams has explained that her catsuits actually have a practical purpose for her in that they prevent blood clots after experiencing a pulmonary embolism after the birth of her daughter. As someone who has had a mild blood clot in my own leg (and both my parents have had blood clots in their legs with airplane travel) I have three sets of prescription grade compression stockings which I use when I travel. I have my prescription strength ones, and I have multiple sports ones. I even have two pairs of very old Lululemon compression socks. I’ve had surgery to remove a vein in my leg which had a faulty valve that contributed to varicose veins. My main concern with removing the faulty vein was preventing clots from forming, and that was secondary to my concern about how my varicose veins looked. So I immediately ‘got it’ when Serena explained the reason for her choice. I had wondered why she wore something so warm and restrictive.
Did you know that women can be prone to blood clots and embolisms as a result of estrogen, and hormonal contraceptives? If you have other factors at play such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation or smoking, your already increased risk increases even more substantially.
What do you think of the French Tennis Federation singling out Serena Williams outfit as an example as to why they are introducing a dress code?
In the first round of the US Open, Serena rocked this Tutu by Louise Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh with fishnet compression tights.
And always masterful marketing strategy, just look at how Nike is leveraging this story (and their sponsorship of Serena) beautifully with the new images on their Compression Line. I love these models and love the muscle tone.
At the US Open, France’s Alizé Cornet was just issued a court violation for the infraction of quickly changing her shirt which she had accidentally put on backward despite the fact that she was wearing a sports bra underneath.
Later in the day, Novak Djokovic sat shirtless for a prolonged period, without penalty.
The US Open announced they are changing the policy
“We regret that a code violation was assessed to Ms. Cornet yesterday, We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward.”
“Female players, if they choose, may also change their shirts in a more private location close to the court, when available. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance.”The US Open
What do you guys think about how women are treated in professional sports? Is there a double standard? Is it sexism? Is it especially brutal towards women of color?