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In pictures: Serena’s on-court style

Game-changing tennis icon Serena Williams bows out of the US Open in style. We take a look back at her defining court fashion.

September 5, 2022
By Viki Lascaris and Monique Butterworth
5 September 2022

Queen of the court Serena Williams has bowed out of the US Open in signature style, wearing her little black Nike tennis dress with rhinestone-encrusted bodice, long sheer sleeves and six-layer skirt – one layer for each US Open title she has won.

This was her final tennis match in an illustrious two-decade career – which we will leave to our sports experts to explain more about. But here, we take a look at the influence her colourfil and unique on-court fashion has had over the years.

Definitely not mellow in yellow, Serena unveils her Nike crop top and skirt combo at the 2016 Australian Open.

Serene in green, Serena debuts her green Nike bodysuit at the 2019 Australian Open.

Fabulous in fluoro, Serena glows at the 2012 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, California.

Denim and studs, Serena rocks this look at the 2004 US Open in New York.

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Only Serena can make England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’s “all white” rules sparkle at the 2004 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship.

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The cat is back! Serena’s Puma bodysuit is a winner at the 2002 US Open in New York.

Serena stalks the court in classic black-and-white leopard print at 2014 US Open in New York.

Serena serves up custom Virgil Abloh x Nike for the 2019 French Open in Paris.

Serena debuts an asymmetrical black, pink and red Nike unitard during the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne, as a tribute to the late athlete Florence Griffith Joyner – known as Flo-Jo.

Attention to details

Since turning professional in 1995, Serena has continued to smash the stuffy old dress codes of tennis.

From her fingertips, to her jewellery, custom shoes and hairstyles, Serena always let her racquet do the talking, but her on-court style and accessories have never disappointed.

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Serena means business in her tailored warm-up blazer at 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia.

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Tu-tu divine, Serena’s Nike x Off-White tutu dress was spectacular at 2018 US Open in New York City.

A fan of the asymetrical, Serena flexes her style at Wimbledon in 2021.

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Serena is oh so chic in all-black for the 2020 French Open.

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An optical illusion, Serena’s hi-vis skirt/short combo dazzles at the 2021 French Open.

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Serena has skin in the game at Wimbledon in 2019.

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Sporting all-black and studs, Serena’s kicks are superhero chic at the 2004 US Open.

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