As usual, Serena Williams played on low energy at the start of a tournament, but powered into higher gear when needed and rallied to beat Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round of the 2019 French Open, while her special Virgil Abloh x Nike attire solidified her tennis royalty status.
After dropping the first set, the three-time Paris champion Williams won 12 of the last 13 games to eventually emphatically overcome the Russian world No.83 2-6 6-1 6-0 in 90 minutes. The winner of 23 Grand Slam titles in singles has extended her win-loss record in the first round of majors to 70-1, while also recording the 800th main-draw victory of her career.
The legendary Williams sister’s career goes way beyond her powerful tennis, as over the years she’s established herself as a fashion icon as well. Her last season’s controversial black catsuit was deemed disrespectful and unacceptable by French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli, so Williams changed her approach this time, not giving up on pushing the boundaries of sports attire.
The American warmed up for her first-round match in her unconventional cape-jacket, that includes words “mother”, “champion”, “queen”, and “goddess” written in French. It’s over the top, but Serena’s tennis biography can pull off everything.
Serena also presented the printed skirt and crop top, while later she put on a simple black long-sleeve shirt, completely scaling down the look.
When it comes to footwear, we can see that Serena sported the Nike Flare 2 in black and purple, available at both Tennis Warehouse USA and Tennis Warehouse Europe. The shoe model caters to the needs of aggressive movers and comes with matching high socks to get the full Serena look. Moreover, as you can see, the tongue features the SW logo.