Serena Williams: Let’s review the fashion style of the queen who dominates the tennis court

Serena Williams went pro in 1995 when she was just 14 years old, jumpstarting her journey as a tennis icon. It wasn’t long after that she became a style star either, showing up to matches wearing bold and innovative looks.

Over the course of her career, the athlete’s tennis outfits often reflected her personal style, including many bright colors, patterns and unexpected silhouettes. The 23-time Grand Slam champ has taken to the court in everything from catsuits and color-block dresses to statement jewelry and coordinated sneakers — pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable in the world of tennis (which has not been without controversy).

As her professional tennis career comes to an end, keep reading for a look back at some of Serena Williams’ best fashion moments on the court.

Serena Williams playing tennis in 1992


Long before she went pro and earned major sportswear sponsorships, Williams was putting a fashionable spin on the traditional tennis outfit. She wore this white-and-blue two-piece ensemble with a floral design during a match in 1992 — clearly the start of her penchant for flouncy skirts and bold patterns.

Serena Williams at the US Open in 1999


Williams won her first US Open at 17 years old in 1999, wearing a bright yellow Puma dress with black-and-white accents. She paired the simple and chic ensemble with gold hoops and white and topped the look off with white and yellow beads in her hair. Williams and her older sister, Venus Williams, were known to sport these hair accessories often early in their careers.

Serena Williams at the US Open in 2000


Taking the tie-dye look for a spin, the athlete experimented with patterns at the 2000 US Open. She chose a black-and-purple tie-dye dress by Puma for day two of the competition, later wearing a color-block reiteration of the dress in the quarterfinal round.

Serena Williams at the US Open in 2002


While Williams often wears tennis dresses on the court, she left behind her signature look at the 2002 US Open — opting for a fashionable catsuit instead. Winning her second singles title at the event, the athlete walked onto the court in a black sleeveless unitard by Puma, as well as pink-and-white sneakers.

Serena Williams at the French Open in 2004


In a grand return to her vibrant ensembles, Williams opted for an all-pink outfit on day two of the 2004 French Open. The hot pink attire consisted of a zip-up top and flowing skirt with a red waistband. She completed the look with matching sneakers, a headband and large hoop earrings.

Serena Williams at the Australian Open in 2007


Back with a bang, Williams returned to colorful outfits in this neon-green-and-yellow Nike dress for the 2007 Australian Open to collect her first win at the event in two years. In one of her more casually chic ensembles, the athlete also wore white sneakers and multi-colored hoop earrings.

Serena Williams at the Australian Open in 2010


Trading bright red for neon orange, Williams wore this vibrant dress to the 2010 Australian Open. The athlete successfully defended her reigning title, winning the competition despite her injuries. (She wore leg wrappings on her thigh and knee).

Serena Williams at the French Open in 2010


A lover of pleated skirts, Williams sported a dress with a ruffled trim in an especially vibrant teal hue for the 2010 Australian Open. Complete with neon green undershorts, a matching headband and white sneakers, this ensemble was one of the athlete’s more classic tennis outfits.

Serena Williams at the Australian Open in 2013


Bringing two of her go-to style choices together, the athlete coordinated bright colors and bold patterns for her 2013 Australian Open ensemble. The orange, purple and black color-block Nike dress was the centerpiece of her bold look. She paired the vibrant dress with neon orange sneakers and a matching headband, which both included a black pattern.

Serena Williams at the US Open in 2013


Continuing her streak of color-block dresses, Williams opted for a red-and-peach Nike dress at the 2013 US Open. Taking home the title for the second year in a row, the player added even more color to her look with navy blue undershorts, a matching headband and neon-red-and-navy-blue sneakers.

Serena Williams at the Sony Open in 2014

The athlete made a splash in this aqua-and-orange Nike dress at the 2014 Sony Open, which was surely a nod to the city where she lives — Miami — and their football team. (Williams and her sister are minority owners of the Miami Dolphins organization). She fully committed to the look, accessorizing it with a neon orange headband, wrist sweatbands and sneakers.

Serena Williams at the US Open in 2014

For her third consecutive US Open win, Williams wore an outfit that really popped against the backdrop of the green tennis court. The athlete donned a hot pink leopard-print dress by Nike, completing the striking look with a matching wrist sweatband, a pink headband and white-and-pink sneakers.

Serena Williams at the Australian Open in 2016

It doesn’t get more vibrant than canary yellow, and Williams rocked a crop top and pleated skirt in the bold hue for her match against Sharapova at the 2016 Australian Open. The athlete expressed that the look was a result of her desire to bring pop culture to the tennis court.

“It was definitely my design, something I actually sketched, you know. So I just wanted to think outside of the box,” she said, according to the Heraldm> Sunm>. “I’ve been on tour for a long time. I’ve been wearing so many different designs. I just wanted to push the envelope again, just bring pop culture to tennis, kind of make it really fun. A lot of things you see on stage and, you know, just in that pop culture world, I wanted to bring that youth and that fun-ness to it.”

Serena Williams at the French Open in 2016

Williams makes you think cut-outs were made for the court with this blue Nike dress she wore over black leggings for the 2016 French Open. As daring as the side cut-outs are, perhaps the most eye-catching detail of this ensemble is the rose pattern that covers the Nike symbol on her sneakers.

Serena Williams at the French Open Tennis Tournament in 2018

Almost a year after giving birth to her daughter, Williams returned to the court in a black catsuit for the 2018 French Open. The striking look sparked controversy, with the French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli banning the catsuit from future matches.

“I feel like a warrior in it,” Williams told reporters of her ensemble at the time. “I’ve always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”

“I’ve had a lot of problems with my blood clots, God I don’t know how many I’ve had in the past 12 months,” she added. “I’ve been wearing pants in general a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going.”

Serena Williams at the US Open in 2018

Bringing ballerina attire to the court, Williams rocked a purple-and-brown tutu dress at the 2018 US Open. The fashion-forward look was a collaboration between Nike and Virgil Abloh of Off-White. In an interview with Voguem> editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Williams said this one-sleeve ensemble was one of her favorite tennis looks of all time, and she still wears it off the court.

“I think it’s so fun to have fun with fashion and in my sport, I have a great opportunity to play in something really wild and really fun and really express myself. Most people only see me on the court,” she said.

Serena Williams at the Australian Open in 2019

A little controversy didn’t stop the athlete from bringing adventurous fashion to a match. After the ban of her catsuit at the French Open in 2018, Williams showed up to the 2019 Australian Open wearing a bright green romper. In a bold move, the player paired the sleeveless Nike jumpsuit with black fishnet stockings.

Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2019

Williams sported another daring ensemble at Wimbledon in 2019, kicking off her first match in a white Nike dress with midriff cut-outs. The athlete is known for her fashionable takes on the competition’s limited dress code and accessorized this look with matching sneakers, a watch and hoop earrings.

Serena Williams at the Australian Open in 2020

In a head-to-toe purple outfit, the tennis player brought back her signature free-flowing dress silhouette with this leopard-print Nike number. While she coordinated her accessories — sneakers and a headband — with her ensemble, the finishing touch was her koala manicure, a nod to her host country.

Serena Williams at the Australian Open in 2021

Williams made waves once again with her asymmetric, color-blocked, one-legged catsuit at the 2021 Australian Open. The pink, red and black Nike ensemble was worn as a tribute to track star Florence Griffith Warner who famously ran in one-legged catsuits.

“I was inspired by Flo-Jo, who was a wonderful track athlete, amazing athlete when I was growing up,” the player said after the match, according to ESPNm>. “Watching her fashion, just always changing, her outfits were always amazing.”

“This year we thought of what can we do to keep elevating the Serena Williams on the court. The Nike team actually thought of this design of inspiration from Flo-Jo. I was like, ‘Oh, my god, this is so brilliant,’ ” she added.

The player completed her striking look with a blue headband, blue-and-pink sneakers and a “queen” necklace from her own jewelry line.

Serena Williams at the Internazionali BNL D’Italia in 2021

The tennis legend wore a pastel pink outfit during a match in Rome. Social distancing laws prohibited fans from entering the venue, but the athlete still created a noteworthy look featuring a short-sleeve shirt that was knotted in the front, a pleated skirt with a black waistband and matching accessories.

Serena Williams at the US Open in 2022

Williams pulled out all the stops for the last tennis competition of her illustrious career. She took to the court at the 2022 US Open in a figure skater-inspired look by Nike that included a crystal-embellished dress with sheer sleeves and diamond-encrusted NikeCourt Flare 2 sneakers with “SW” embossed on the side in gold.

An outfit fit for a tennis legend, she accessorized the dazzling look with Swarovski crystals in her hair, a crystal-studded hairband and silver jewelry.


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