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Serena Feels French Open Won't Ban Catsuit After All

Williams is permitted to wear the ensemble at this week's U.S. Open, but will opt to wear something else

Serena Williams said that the French Tennis Federation "likely will change its ruling" to ban outfits like the catsuit she wore earlier this year after explaining the dress partly was "designed for health reasons," according to Marc Berman of the N.Y. POST. Williams said, "I feel like if and when they know that some things are for health reasons, then there’s no way that they wouldn’t be OK with it." The FTF's decision came to light late last week, and the first six questions Williams was asked during a press conference on Saturday "dealt with the French Open snit." Williams is "permitted to wear the ensemble at the U.S. Open," but she is opting to wear something else (N.Y. POST, 8/26). Williams said that she had a "strong relationship" with the FTF and "had spoken" with President Bernard Giudicelli on Friday. The AP's Brian Mahoney noted though Williams "shrugged it off, the French Open decision drew strong reaction from inside and outside of tennis" (AP, 8/25). In DC, Ava Wallace noted Williams "killed the catsuit controversy that threw the tennis world into a tizzy" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/26). ESPN's Michelle Beadle said, "There's no reason to ban the outfit. There are many other uniforms that show so much skin and that doesn't seem to be a problem whatsoever" ("Get Up," ESPN, 8/27). NBC Sports Bay Area's Ray Ratto: "It's an old man trying to decide what's acceptable for other people" ("The Happy Hour," NBC Sports Bay Area, 8/24).'s Jon Wertheim: "Why prevent players from self-expression? Why deny players outfits that help their circulation and, thus, their performance?" (, 8/26).

FASHION WEEKS: In N.Y., Vanessa Friedman wrote "forget the white" and give fans the "neon, the glam, the wild outfits yearning to break free." Over the last 40 years, the U.S. Open has been "something of a petri dish for tennis fashion for both men and women" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/25).