Tennis superstar Serena Williams reveals why the four words on her new outfit at the French Open mean so much to her and to her fans.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on May 28, 2019

Tennis superstar Serena Williams has debuted a new Nike outfit at the French Open and unless you look very closely, you will miss the message she wants the world to see.

Williams, you may recall, caused controversy at the French Open 12 months ago with her specially designed catsuit. It was the now 37-year-old Williams’ first Grand Slam tournament since giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia. The catsuit was designed to help prevent blood clots which Williams has a history of and was at risk of having post-partum.

The French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli announced a new dress code to ensure Williams’ catsuit never reappeared at his tournament.

Now Serena Williams has returned to Roland Garros for this year’s French Open and has debuted a new black and white outfit designed by Nike and Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection. The outfit features a longline crop top, cape-jacket and skirt.

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Printed in black on the material’s white stripes are four French words: mere, championne, reine and deesse, which translated into English mean: mother, champion, queen and goddess.

“Those are things that mean a lot to me and reminders for me and for everyone that wants to wear it,” said Williams.

“Just remind everyone that they can be champions and are queens. So I love that about it.

“It is a lot to carry, but so is being Serena Williams.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion won her First Round match against 83rd-ranked player Vitalia Diatchenk 0-6, 6-1, 6-0.

Williams is seeded 10 in the French Open.