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Serena Williams’ empowerment of the French Open jacket praised after catsuit controversy

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Serena Williams excels in expressing herself, both on and off the track, and the tennis legend is being praised for rocking a special, empowering warm-up jacket for the first round of the 2019 French Open – a year after her catsuit led to controversy in the same match.

On Monday, Williams arrived at the opening of Roland Garros match with a black-and-white-striped warm-up jacket with the words “champion,” “queen,” “goddess” and “mother” is a stamp on the design. The 23-time Grand Slam-winner is removed from the garment before the game and played in a free two-piece outfit, all designed by Virgil Abloh for Nike.

On Monday, Williams arrived at the opening of Roland Garros match with a black-and-white-striped warm-up jacket with the words “champion,” “queen,” “goddess” and “mother” is a stamp on the design.
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“It is much to bear, but so is Serena Williams,” the 37-year-old said.

The tennis pro made her Grand Slam in Paris last year, after the skip of five majors after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia, the now 1-year-old age.

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“[Coat] talks about me being a mom and me to be a queen, like all women. A champion,” Williams coined after her win first round match, according to Business Insider. “It is a positive reinforcement for me, and I like that.”

“[Coat] talks about me being a mom and me to be a queen, like all women. A champion,” Williams coined after her win first round match.
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In response, fans gushed on social media, Williams’ “strong” and “amazing” look gave them “the feels.”

“The Sis is not playing games with the people on the French Open,” a Twitter user joked.

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“It is much to bear, but so is Serena Williams,” the 37-year-old said of her unique position.
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Last year, the French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli announced that the designs are similar to the skin-tight black catsuit (with blood clot to prevent compression tights) that Williams wore for the elite competition would be prohibited in the future, as contenders “should respect the game and the place,” Fox Sports reported.

Although disputed by others, Williams took the message in stride, and continues to win in style today.

The tennis pro, advanced to the third round of the French Open on May 30.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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