French Tennis Federation has banned the black cat suit Serena wore recently and ultimately imposed a dress code on Friday to regulate the players’ uniforms.
Bernard Giudicelli the Federation president said, “It will no longer be accepted,” Giudicelli said about Williams’ catsuit. “One must respect the game and the place.”
He justified the ban by saying, “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far.”
Serena Williams said after her first round win at the 2018 French Open in May, “All the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and had to come back and try to be fierce, in the middle of everything.”
She added “That’s what this represents, and it’s exciting. You can’t beat a catsuit, right?”
Critics have slammed the French Tennis federation against the ban saying for someone to say her wearing a certain thing is disrespectful to a place or game is discriminatory. It’s not like she’s bringing some contraband, she’s bringing herself.
The black female body has historically been cast in one of two lights: an obese mammy-caricature figure only suitable for child-bearing, or a hypersexual deviant who needs to be tamed.
Giudicelli singling out Williams and her suit, specifically as a way to incite a dress code, would fall under the latter.