Serena Williams considers the black bodysuit she wore at the French Open much more than a fashion statement.
The full-length, skintight outfit is designed to protect against blood clots. But it isn’t only practical.
The suit also contains a message that Williams wanted to send about self-worth as she returns to grand slam action with a first-round victory at Roland Garros on Tuesday, about nine months after giving birth to a daughter.
“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,” Williams said, after beating Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Court Philippe Chatrier.
“I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.”