American Queen of the Tennis court, Serena Williams is no doubt a stunning neck turner at any tournament. Not just because of her mastery of the game, but her attention-grabbing and fashionable costume.
On Tuesday at the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne, the American tennis champion was the cynosure of all eyes and she had a defiant message for her critics.
The 37-year-old sported a custom-made, revealing green Lycra jumpsuit by Nike, teamed with fishnet stockings.
The mother of one’s body-hugging attire caused mixed reactions, with some loving the look and others finding it ‘distasteful’.
In her first-round victory over Germany’s Tatjana Maria, Serena took to centre court in a sleeveless green lycra jumpsuit featuring black and white panels across the bust and waist, the hemline finished at mid-thigh, revealing every contour of her figure.
Fans flocked to Twitter to comment on her eye-catching ensemble, with the majority on the positive side.
‘Loving @serenawilliams outfit. She’s giving me #AussieRules meets SuperHero. Stunning. Feisty. A winner’ wrote one.
Another followed with: ‘I’m living for Serena Williams outfit that she is wearing for the Aus Open today. So fab.’ ‘That outfit is bangin!!! And perfect for the weather!!’ one also said.
It was however certain that not all that file out to watch the game are actually focusing on the game as one of those who reacted on social media said “‘Serena Williams in this green jumpsuit is redirecting the blood flow from my brain to other parts of my anatomy’
However not all comments were positive, with one posting: ‘Serena, you can’t wear this on a tennis court!’
Another wrote: ‘Looking like the green Power Ranger.’
Ms Williams, who is known for her bold and risqué tennis attire, made headlines in August last year when the French Open banned her from wearing her black catsuit at this year’s tournament.
President Bernard Giudicelli said in the 500th issue of Tennis Magazine that stricter rules will be in place as ‘sometimes we go too far.’