Tennis champ Serena Williams served up a black, ruffled tutu on the court at the U.S. Open Monday night in her first match of the tournament against Magda Linette of Poland, which Williams won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.
The 17th seeded Williams ditched the controversial black catsuit that she wore in her matches at the 2018 French Open, which French officials subsequently banned, in favor of the one-shoulder tutu.
The outfit was designed for Nike’s new “Queen” collection by Virgil Abloh, according to The Cut. Abloh said he was inspired to create the tennis dress after learning Williams is a big fan of dance.
Williams, who holds a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles, does seem to dance across the tennis court with her graceful serves, powerful leaps and quick sidesteps.
Williams takes on Carina Witthoeft in her second match.
The tennis great returned to competitive play this year after giving birth to her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian last fall.
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