Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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French Open Ban of Serena William’s Catsuit Sparks Controversy

Andy Roddick, Billie Jean King condemn “stupid,” “disrespectful” decision.

Many in the tennis world are calling out the French Open for what they see as an unforced error in a preemptive dress code that would ban Serena Williams’s catsuit.

Though the form-hugging outfit, inspired by the movie Black Panther, caused controversy on the circuit this year, it actually has a health benefit: minimizing the potential for blood clots that plagued Williams during her pregnancy.

The uproar was sparked by a Tennis Magazine interview with French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli who said the dress code is being mulled because, “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far.” He specifically pointed to Williams’s catsuit as an example.

But those comments inspired many across social media to return serve on what some interpreted as a possibly sexist or racist decision. Hall of Famer Andy Roddick tweeted, “This is so dumb and shortsighted it hurts.”

Fellow tennis icon Billie Jean King was even more pointed:

Oddly, the person who took the ban the least personally — was Serena herself. “Guys, it’s fine,” she tweeted.

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