Serena Williams Plays in Tutu After Her Catsuit Is Banned

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Serena Williams made a triumphant return to the US Open on Monday, launching her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam victory with a straight-sets win as top-seeded Simona Halep made dubious history with a first-round exit.

ET caught up with her longtime friend Gayle King at the opening night ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open where she weighed in on Williams' form-fitting bodysuit getting banned from the French Open and the pro athlete's response. She wore a custom-designed tutu by Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh and Nike in her match against Magda Linette.

Talking of barring the outfit choice, Giudicelli told Tennis magazine: "You have to respect the game and the place".

'Speaking to Vogue past year, she had this to say: "Being a Jehovah's Witness is important to me, but I've never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it. 'Alexis didn't grow up going to any church, but he's really receptive and even takes the lead". Even Minaj, whose new album is titled Queen, took to Instagram to give all praise to Williams.

Williams, 36, missed her home Slam a year ago, giving birth to daughter Olympia shortly after the tournament started.

For her first game of the tournament, the Wimbledon victor walked onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday wearing the Off-White x Nike Queen Collection asymmetrical ballet dress.

Since her debut in 1998, Williams has easily remained one of the best dressed players on the tennis circuit.

She didn't face a break point in the 70 minute match, but as her momentum built her emotions burst out with fist-clenched shouts of "come on".

She said: "I felt so feminine in the tutu, which is probably my favourite part of it".

#SerenaWilliams - I speak for all of us when I say it's been an absolute pleasure watching you show us what it is to be a true QUEEN!

Over the years we've seen her play in a studded biker jacket, a pink leopard print bodycon dress, a white trench coat, and a pleated denim skirt with knee-high sneakers.