The "respect" that's needed is for the exceptional talent @serenawilliams brings to the game. In an interview with Tennis magazine, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli announced that the catsuit would no longer be permitted at the tournament.
The outfit Williams called "Wakanda catsuit" was not fashionable but was also created to prevent the blood clots after a haematoma - a swelling of clotted blood outside of a vessel - had been found in her abdomen following the birth of her daughter Olympia.
A new spot for Nike from Wieden & Kennedy seamlessly merges archival footage of a young Williams and her father on those courts with scenes of the adult Williams in action.
And the high fashion tutu did nothing to detract from her game, with Williams winning 6-4 6-0 against Linette. "So I think its fine".
"I thought it was a good match", Williams said.
An outstanding athlete - she has won an astonishing 39 major titles and 23 Grand Slams - Williams has proved she has the grit, determination and sheer gumption to become a sporting great.
Speaking with the press at the U.S. Open on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, Williams answered questions about the controversial move, though her reaction is not what many would have probably expected.
The fact that Williams did not want to further inflate the catsuit debate suggests a strong desire to avoid distractions, as she tackles a task that will not get any easier with the passing years.
Serena Williams, a six-time victor in NY who is seeded 17th after returning from maternity leave earlier in the year, didn't want to be drawn on playing her sister just yet. I just feel like I take it as serious if not more. "I just roll with it". Guidicelli said Roland Garros won't go that far but will "impose certain limits". "It's always been my dream to wear a tutu, and I can't wait to wear it on court", she said according to Vogue.
Two-times U.S. Open champion Venus Williams outlasted Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 5-7 6-3 in a marathon battle on a brutally hot day at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday to reach the U.S. Open second round.