A year after Serena Williams wore - and was subsequently banned from wearing - a bodysuit while playing in the French Open, the tennis pro has returned to the court in another statement outfit.
The mum-of-one walked onto the court in a black and white cape covered in words, before taking it off to reveal a paired-down version.
Explaining her look after the match, Williams – who beat opponent Vitalia Diatchenko in three sets – explained the outfit’s significance.
“On the outfit it has words in French, and it says ‘Queen’, it says ‘Champion’, and it says ‘Mom’,” she told press.
“Those are things that mean a lot to me and [they are] a reminder … just to remind everyone that they, you know, can be champions and are queens.”
The look, designed by Off-White designer Virgil Abloh for Nike, also had the word “Déesse” written on it, which translates to “Goddess” in French.
Asked if it was a heavy weight to carry, she responds: “Yeah, it is a lot to carry. But so is being Serena Williams.”
Many people celebrated Williams’ style on Twitter, with some calling her a “role model”.
The love I got for @serenawilliams is huge everytime I see her I see class. Simple
— Akinmade Oluwatobi (@AkinmadeTobi) May 28, 2019
This is a sport wear she can wear any outfit that will be ok for her to play, love u @serenawilliams u are a role model
— Felix Dikeh (@DikehFelix) May 28, 2019
Not everyone has praised Williams’ look, however, with controversial television presenter Piers Morgan calling her outfit “diabolical”.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 28, 2019
Williams has become equally well known for her stand-out court style as much as her sporting prowess in recent years.
Not only has her style been appreciated by sports viewers, it has also helped to break dress code boundaries.
The ‘Black Panther’ inspired catsuit, a compression garment designed to help fight off the blood clots following giving birth, that Serena wore to play in last year’s French Open sparked a debate over what should and should not be allowed on court.
In her role as a Nike ambassador, Williams has also been a figurehead for women in sports, urging others to “Dream Crazier” in an advert she starred in earlier this year.