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A French Open Hater Just Came For Serena Williams’ ‘Wakanda-Inspired’ Black Bodysuit

We wrote about the joy, awe, and excitement tennis fans and fans of #BlackGirlMagic felt when Serena Williams returned to the court after a long hiatus. Not only did she come back to the game after a terrifying birth experience with her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanaian Jr. — but she did so in style with a look that turned heads and even turned up a few noses.

Today, we’re learning of the impact of that skintight “Wakanda-inspired” jumpsuit the 36-year-old wore at Roland-Garros in May.

French Tennis Federation President, Bernard Giudicelli, called the look straight up disrespectful in a statement released today via Tennis Magazine.

“Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted,” he said, citing a change in rules. “You have to respect the game and the place.”

What is so disrespectful about a woman celebrating her body and the simple joy of being alive? The look was more than about just showing off her curves on the court — the one piece was made to prevent blood clots, a fact you’d think a sporting conference would take into consideration.

All in all, it was a proud moment for the tennis champ. Williams said her tough comeback was for “all the moms.” Sadly, it seems; no matter what we do, we’ll never be good enough. Even if being good enough means you’re the greatest tennis star walking the planet.

UPDATE: Check out Nike’s response:

Well, that settles it. Continue to be great, Serena!