Serena Williams has her own name for the green one-piece suit she wore in her first-round victory at the Australian Open.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion made the perfect start to the first major of the year, dispatching German Tatjana Maria 6-0 6-2 in just 49 minutes.
But she had just as many people talking about her striking match attire.
Williams waited until the last minute to unveil her latest fashion statement to the world.
Despite the 33C temperatures, the American superstar completed her warm-up in a black raincoat with long sleeves that concealed her new playing gear.
But once the chair umpire called time, she revealed the bottle-green, figure-hugging jumpsuit, matched with fish-net stockings that she will wear throughout the tournament.
After the victory Williams was asked to describe it, for the sake of any fashion-challenged fans. It’s not a onesie, it’s not a leotard, the question went, so what is it?
“It’s a Serena-tard,” Williams said, laughing at her own description.
What it was, Williams explained, was a show of strength: “An incredibly strong, powerful statement for mums that are trying to get back and get fit. That was basically it for me.”
The 37-year-old Williams was back at the Australian Open for the first time since 2017, when she won the title while pregnant. She took time out from the tour and is now into her fourth Grand Slam tournament since returning.
Williams developed blood clots after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on September 1, 2017, and had four surgeries. She returned to the WTA Tour last March and played in two events before the French Open, where she competed in a skin-tight, full-length black catsuit.
She said at the time the outfit – worn partly for health reasons because of the clots – made her feel like a superhero.
Compression stockings have remained part of her ensemble, Williams said, as a precaution because she still has concerns about deep vein thrombosis.
“I have had some issues, and they’re not done. So it’s just something I just have to do for pretty much probably the rest of my career,” she said. “With DVT, it’s very scary … for me it’s incredibly frightening.”