Faux Pas: Venus Can-Can Cause Chaos
May 25, 2010
The Williams sisters have always had a…eh, unique sense of style. Their bold fashion choices on the court have been a source of consternation for traditional tennis fans who prefer something a little more understated. But while Serena’s unusual fashion choices have resulted in a few blushing ball boys, Venus’ French Open outfit is more Playboy Mansion than Stade Roland Garros.
The Moulin Rouge inspired garment looks like something that you might find at a trashy lingerie store in a bad neighborhood. And black and red together, talk about a cliche. Add in the can-can flounce on the bottom and she looks more aptly suited for a kick-line than a service line. But if you think the outerwear is bad, you haven’t seen anything yet.
What really drew the ire of the crowd at the French Open was not the black lace tennis dress, but the flesh colored booty shorts that she wore underneath. (I’d post the photo, but this is a G-rated blog.) Because there is nothing more demure than flashing your allegedly bare rear end at the camera every time that you reach for a lob. Classy.
I bet the first time she went for a serve the camera guy and the TV crew in the booth went nuts hoping that they hadn’t just committed a massive FCC violation. I would have paid good money to be a fly on that control console.
I’m not sure why Venus feels the need to imply nudity on the court. You would think that a woman who is ranked 3rd in the world and who has 43 career singles titles could just let her talent speak for itself, but why be talented when you can be trashy. These girls like to cause chaos because they loathe the fuddy-duddy nature of tennis, but you would think that they could show a little respect for the sport that helped pull them out of Compton and place them on red carpets, runways and millionaire’s row. But the subject of their attitude/gratitude aside, the whole look is just tacky to the nth degree even the streetwalkers on New York Avenue have better taste.