UPDATED: 3:13 p.m. EDT, Aug. 27 — Nike on Monday continued its response to Serena Williams being told she couldn’t wear her signature “catsuit” at the French Open. The mammoth sports apparel company released a brief inspirational video complete with footage from when Serena was a little girl just starting to learn to play tennis all the way through her championship years.
Serena tweeted it Monday morning with a simple message:
“If you don’t dare to try and chase your dreams, you’ll rob yourself the joy of doing it. Don’t just dream it,” she tweeted before adding a hashtag of Nike’s famous slogan,
Yesterday, the French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, went viral after banning Serena Williams‘ catsuit from the French Open. Everyone has been blasting the 60-year-old and now Nike has responded.
Nike responded on Twitter with a photo of Serena with text that read, “You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers.
#justdoit” See below:
Giudicelli said in an interview with Tennis Magazine’s 500th edition, “I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.”
Twitter is obviously outraged by the decision, which is clearly racism and sexism. Click here for the reactions.
Considering the serious backlash, it would be no surprise if the French Open decides to “reverse” their ban. Saying Williams doesn’t have respect for the game is asinine and insulting. Serena Williams is the winner of 23 Major singles titles at the French Open. The reason why the French Open sells tickets is partly because of Serena’s presence. No one has more respect for the game than Serena.
Put some respect on her name, Mr. Giudicelli.