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Serena Williams Brought Back the Catsuit for the 2019 Australian Open

Serena Williams‘ signature catsuits have been the subject of public fascination since she returned to the tennis court last summer for the French Open, wearing a formfitting black style from Nike that would go on to be banned by the French Tennis Federation. (The Women’s Tennis Association stood by Williams, updating its dress codes to approve “mid-thigh-length compression shorts” like hers.) Now, for her first tournament of 2019, the G.O.A.T. is making it clear that the look isn’t going away any time soon.

On January 15, Williams faced Tatjana Maria at the Australian Open in Melbourne. She not only won her first match of the competition, but she did so wearing a familiar silhouette.

2019 Australian Open - Day 2

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Williams appeared on the court wearing another custom catsuit by Nike. Unlike the French Open one, this version was short and green, with black and white stripe details and a keyhole cut-out in the back.

2019 Australian Open - Day 2

PHOTO: James D. Morgan

Oh, and she wore it with fishnet tights.

2019 Australian Open - Day 2

PHOTO: Fred Lee

Ever since she began her career in the mid-1990s, Williams has dominated the tennis court not only with her incredible skill, but with her sense of style. Her latest Nike outfit offers her fans the slightest throwback to the start of her fashion journey: Its reminiscent of her original catsuit, designed by Puma for the 2002 U.S. Open.

Top seed Serena Williams wears a winning smile on the way to

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Williams’ Australia Open look is her first catsuit since the 2018 French Open. It was her first tournament since giving birth, and the divisive look was specifically engineered to prevent blood clots. Though the French Tennis Federation wasn’t a fan of it. Nike stood by the athlete, calling Williams a “superhero.”

2018 French Open Tennis Tournament. Roland Garros.

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Williams didn’t seem too concerned, though: She told ESPN she likely wouldn’t wear that catsuit again, anyway, because “when it comes to fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offender.”

Her Australia Open uniform already has a big fan: Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, tweeted that he was “here” for her romper.

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