The tennis star wore a cape emblazoned with the French words for “champion,” “queen,” “mother” and “goddess” while warming up on court at Roland Garros in Paris ahead of her first-round victory over Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko.
She removed the cape for the actual game.
Williams had previewed her outfit, which was designed by Virgil Abloh and Nike, on Twitter the day before.
“I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, [a] queen from Wakanda,” Williams said at the time, referring to the box office hit “Black Panther.”
“I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero,” she added. “I feel like a superhero when I wear it.”
However, the outfit was singled out by French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli in August when he announced a new dress code for the sporting event.
“It will no longer be accepted,” he reportedly said. “One must respect the game and place.”
Williams wore an Abloh-designed tutu days later in the first round of the U.S. Open:
Later in the tournament, she followed it up with this lavender tutu:
Williams’ latest on-court fashion choice made waves on social media.
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