The 36-year-old tennis star - who is now in the midst of the 2018 US Open - recently revealed that she and her husband Alexis Ohanian will not be celebrating their daughter's birthday when she turns one on Saturday, September 1. "So she showed up in a tutu". The organisation's president, Bernard Giudicelli, said they "would not longer be accepted'".
"One must respect the game and the place", Guidicelli said.
While former tennis star Billie Jean King came to Williams' defense and said the "policing of women's bodies must end", Williams herself had a much lighter response to the whole ordeal.
Serena Williams' tennis outfits are often the talk of the town, and she set NY tongues wagging with her latest creation in a routine opening victory at the U.S. Open Monday.
"I love opening for Serena Williams", Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson told the crowd before she launched into her anthem Stronger.
People have applauded Williams for wearing what she wants. I mean, we know Serena Williams is a nerd, so the possibilities are endless, and she will do so with the grace and dignity that has allowed her to be a champion. She also revealed, amid the controversy, that she felt it empowered her as she headed into a match.
"When I was thinking about outfits for Serena, I was thinking about her playing the game and her aesthetic while she is".
The tennis champion has sent a message that she will not let a dress code dictate what she wears on the court. "The tutu is easy to play in because I practiced in it before". Serena Williams is the role model even big girls needed.
Williams' US Open tutu garnered top scores from tennis and fashion enthusiasts alike, many of whom took to the Internet to share their feelings about the matter. "Magda, she's such a fighter".
"It really embodies what I always say: that you can be strong and handsome at the same time".
"I can not say much about this match, just that I didn't really feel the ball", French Open champion Halep said.