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French Open to ban Serena�s �Black Panther� catsuit

By The Assam Tribune

PARIS, Aug 25: Serena Williams will be banned from wearing her �Black Panther� catsuit again at the French Open after Roland Garros chiefs described the outfit as �going too far�.

The 36-year-old American star stunned Paris this year in her body-hugging outfit which she said was inspired by the Black Panther movie and made her feel like a �warrior princess�.

As well as describing it as �fun and functional�, Williams insisted it helped her prevent a return of the blood clots which put her life in danger after giving birth last year.

However, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) insist that the outfit or anything similarly eye-catching will not be welcome at Roland Garros in 2019.

�I really believe that sometimes we have gone too far,� FFT president Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis magazine in remarks reported by French media.

�The outfit of Serena this year, for example, will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place. Everyone wants to enjoy the showcase.�

Giudicelli said that there will be �certain limits� on clothing for the 2019 French Open although he admitted it may be difficult to be too hard line.

�For 2019, it�s a little late because the collections are already designed, but we will still ask the equipment manufacturers to communicate them to us,� he said. � AFP

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