Venus Williams says she typically arrive at a match with eight to 10 different dresses. Those options didn't stop the world No. 2 from recycling outfits on Wednesday at the French Open. In her second-round match today, Venus wore the same risque, tennis-negligee (or tenegligee, as we've been calling it) which caused such a stir on Sunday.
Though Venus insists she's not superstitious about clothing, this dress might change her ways. The dress may look like it belongs more on the catwalks of Fashion Week rather than the red clay of Roland Garros, but that hasn't stopped Venus from playing dominant tennis whilw wearing it. She defeated Aranxta Parra Santoja 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the third round in Paris, despite struggling with her first serve.
The dress caused a worldwide stir earlier in the week due, in large part, to confusion about whether it was see-through. It does have transparent material, but it reveals a skintight bodysuit. The flesh-colored undergarments only added to the controversy. Talk about the dress got so big, Venus said, that she received a call in the middle of the night from her publicist about it.
Our take on the dress is that it's completely appropriate for a female athlete to wear. Swimmers go to races in skin-tight bathing suits. Beach volleyball players take to the sand in bikinis. And Rafael Nadal would probably play shirtless if they'd let him. What's wrong with Venus wearing a short, ruffled skirt? Nothing, other than the fact that said short, ruffled skirt is all sorts of ugly.