Serena Williams turned heads at US Open with a literal tutu


Serena Williams has proven time and time again that she's about so much more than just her game. The court has also become a runway for the 36-year-old tennis champion, whose fashion choices make nearly as many headlines as her performance does.

The most recent example was her defeat of Poland's Magda Linette on Monday night during the first round of the US Open. Following this week's news that the French Open had banned Williams' 'Wakanda' catsuit, which the new mom wore to help prevent blood clots, the athlete shot back with another head-turning look -- this time created by Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh.

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Williams returned to the famed Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first time since welcoming daughter Alexis Jr. in a rebellious $900 black bomber jacket, which she paired over her $500 Abloh creation.

Abloh's Off-White design featured a one-shoulder Nike top and matching black tutu. The long-sleeved tennis shirt was emblazoned with the the words "LOGO" -- both Abloh's signature graphic and a seemingly simple clap back at the French Open's divisive ban.

“It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place," said the president Bernard Giudicelli of the organization's imminent dress code revamp. Nike, Williams' longtime sponsor and the creators behind the controversial catsuit, took to Twitter to address the ban.

"You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers," the athletic wear company tweeted in response.

The news of Abloh and Serena's US Open collaboration broke before the French Open controversy. But even Serena, who's played in everything from leopard tennis dresses to denim tops, had never worn a tutu to a match before.

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"Every girl loves a tutu, or at least I do! It’s always been my dream to wear a tutu, and I can’t wait to wear it on court,” revealed the star to Vogue earlier this month.

Dress rehearsals went smoothly: "I felt so feminine in the tutu, which is probably my favorite part of it. It really embodies what I always say: that you can be strong and beautiful at the same time," she said.

The crowd agreed. The star received a standing ovation from everyone including Anna Wintour, Hugh Jackman and even Gladys Knight, who was, quite literally, bowing down to Williams from atop the Emirates suite.

If Monday night's match is any indication of how the rest of the tournament is going to go, then Williams is expected to take the lead on both the game and fashion front.

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