Serena Williams’ famous black catsuit is here to stay.
The Women’s Tennis Association announced Tuesday that it will now allow players to wear compression clothing with or without a skirt.
According to Deadspin, the new regulations say, “Leggings and mid-thigh-length compression shorts may be worn with or without a skirt, shorts or dress.”
Serena Williams wore her famous catsuit back in August after returning from maternity leave. The much-talked-about outfit served as a compression garment to prevent the tennis great from getting the blood clots that almost took her life while she delivered her baby.
Williams viewed the suit as a symbolism for women’s strength.
In a statement she said:
“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves.”
As many may remember, French Open president, Bernard Giudicelli, vowed to have the suit banned.
The WTA had the final say so and Williams’ famous black catsuit is here to stay.
The organization also expanded protections for mothers returning from maternity leave.
Serena was able to use her protected ranking to compete in a maximum of eight matches over a year.
The term seeding refers to a player being “planted” into a bracket based on their ranking for drawing purposes.
The tennis GOAT continues to spark change. Not just for herself, but for those around her.