In Praise Of Venus Williams’ Insane Tennis Outfits

Can we talk about how freaking awesome Venus Williams is? While most players go for boring old sports tops and tennis skirts, Venus is known for making, uh, more flamboyant ensemble decisions. Cricket player Graeme Swann may have called this one “the worst outfit ever seen on a tennis court,” but I kind of love the bright yellow latticework top and splatter painted skirt she rocked in an Australian Open match yesterday. It’s akin to a peacock spreading its tail—how could your opponent not be intimidated by the fact that your outfit looks straight out of Punky Brewster’s closet? Venus says the outfit was inspired by “Alice in Wonderland,” but it looks more “neon bondage” to me. Kind of like she took a bunch of seatbelts, dyed them yellow, wove them together, and attached them to a sports bra. I give her bonus points for the big earrings.

This isn’t the first time Venus has worn something shocking on the court. Remember her black lace lingerie court look, or the infamous red tutu? I just gotta thank her for adding some theatrics to tennis and giving me something to smile about during matches, aside from the loud grunts.