The outfits war: innovation, tradition or common sense?

Tennis - The controversy between the president of the French tennis federation, Bernard Giudicelli and Serena Williams' French Open outfit has not stopped yet

by Lorenzo Ciotti
The outfits war: innovation, tradition or common sense?

We can call it the outfits war. Some historic tournaments like Wimbledon have always had an eye on the dress code. The white outfit is now one of those traditions that the Championships cannot do without. Intimately linked to the origins of tennis, the evolution of outfits over the years has been exponential.

We have seen traditional clothes, others less conventional. We also have to consider the technological innovations even in the choice of materials. Now the problem has resurfaced since the president of the French Tennis Federation, Bernard Giudicelli, said that the catsuit of Serena Williams will no longer be welcome in Roland Garros.

He believes that design has strayed too far from the tradition of the tournament: "It's a bit late because the collections have already been designed, but we still ask the producers to let us know what they're going to propose.

For example, Serena's clothing this year would no longer be accepted. You must respect the game and the place." The American wore a black catsuit in Paris, because of the hematoma that had been diagnosed by the doctors in her body after the birth of her daughter Olympia, last year: "It seems that this suit represents all the women who have I lived mentally and physically with their body after delivery.

I call it my Wakanda-inspired suit (referring to the fictitious nation in the Marvel's movie Black Panther) We designed it long before the movie, but still, it reminds me of this." Nike also defended her athlete, with a video in which a young nine-year-old Serena trained with her father, and with a post on Twitter which said: "You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers." Meanwhile tournament director Guy Forget has announced the implementation of a dress code: "We do not want to be authoritarian, but we consider it necessary to establish rules.

We will be more flexible than Wimbledon, but there will be some rules to be respected to make everything more coherent." Even Nadal has sided in favor of a dress code at the French Open. Surely the choice of outfit is one of the most fun moments for a tennis player.

Of course tradition is tradition, but occasionally some outfits like the one worn by Serena in Paris, on health grounds, should be allowed. Common sense would be the best solution in this case. I admit I'm a big fan of the outfit worn by the American in Roland Garros.

However, if they wanted to do something, they could think of a uniform dress code for all Slams, that is with white colors, like at Wimbledon and as was traditional at the dawn of tennis until the '70s. Or colors that represent the shades of the nation hosting the Slam.

Or a different color for each Slam: white in London, black in Paris, red in New York, blue in Melbourne. Attention, I'm talking about standardizing only the colors of the outfits. Then leave complete freedom of choice to the tennis players in all the other tournaments.

We can say it without too many problems: the outfits' war risks falling into ridicule. What do you think about it? Are the organizers of the French Open right or not? ALSO READ: US Open: The history of the last Slam of the year

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