PARIS (AP) – “Champion,” ”queen,” ”goddess” and “mother.”
Those were the words, in French, printed on a black-and-white warmup jacket that Serena Williams wore before her opening match at Roland Garros on Monday.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion took off the jacket off before the match and played in a matching two-piece outfit.
Later in the match on a cool and windy day on Court Philippe Chatrier, Williams put on a plain black sweatshirt.
Williams’ on-court fashion choices have drawn attention and headlines for much of her career.
Last year, French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli said that the black catsuit with clot-preventing compression tights that Williams wore during the 2018 French Open wouldn’t be accepted again at the tournament.
Williams overcame a slow start for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 win over 83rd-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko.
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