Tennis is not just about the game. It is not just about the result, sometimes it is about the glamour, the atmosphere and modus oparandi of the players as well as the fans.
To opine that American tennis idol and 23 Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is fashionable is to put it mildly. For close watchers of the mother of one, her appearance at ever Grand Slam adds not only colour and fun but sometimes some element of controversy.
And talking about controversy Serena who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam set tongues wagging on Monday after she stepped out for her first game wearing a one legged catsuit. The outfit immediately set the social media ablaze as fans went into a frenzy to coment about the outfit
The 39-year-old, who is eyeing her eighth Australian Open trophy, appeared on court wearing a Nike-designed catsuit – met with mixed reactions on social media.
While some fans admired Williams’ look, others criticized her fashion choice for the season-opening major.
Some drew parallels between the suit and the style worn by US sprinting legend Florence Griffith Joyner.
Here are some of the submissions by the fans who reacted
Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol)
This is awful it looks horrible on her. I like Serena but in general her sartorial taste is the opposite of her tennis skills. Doesn’t she look in the mirror, don’t her assistants tell her the truth
Laura Riebman (@raleighroo972)
So ugly, just the worst
Elaine Marshall ACWP (@ejerl)
The eye-catching style was praised by Williams’ huge army of fans, who said she looked “awesome” and “gorgeous.”
“Serena and Venus revolutionised fashion on tennis court and are fearless and fierce. I love it,” wrote one.
She always looks amazing… love the one legged catsuit,” another said.
Sista T (@SistaLyrics)
“Stunning! Serena always comes out with something unexpected and this outfit is unique! Be weird be special,” another comment read.
Not all tennis lovers were inspired by Williams’ outfit design, though, including critics who claimed it didn’t suit her and distracted from the game itself.
“I don’t like that catsuit at all, sorry. Distracting and just ugly,” one wrote.
“What kind of outfit is this for God’s sake. Tennis is not a distractive but disciplined plain sport. No wonder 24 is hard for her. Too much distractions from the main ball,” another user commented.