Dress codes be damned, Serena Williams is at the U.S. Open to win. Despite recent controversy over the catsuit she wore to the French Open in May, Williams defeated Poland’s Magda Linette in her first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night. She smoked the competition and stole the show in a one-sleeved leotard, complete with a tutu designed by Virgil Abloh for their Nike x Off-White “QUEEN” collection. She wore a pair of glittery tennis shoes from the line as well.
In a very meta Instagram post, she thanked Abloh for her winning look. Abloh’s original post was captioned, “willing to design dresses for [Serena] for life”. Tutu’s seem to be Williams’ preferred tennis ensemble these days. Last weekend, she wore another frilly black tutu with her Nike shirt to Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day.
The Cut shed some light on Serena’s love for the tutu.
“When I train, I try to do a little dance because I got tired of doing cardio,” Williams said at a Nike tennis event in Queens last week. “I just needed a different form to express myself.”
“When I teamed up with Virgil and he pulled out this tutu, I was like …” Williams continued. “This is the moment I’ve been waiting for.”