Rafael Nadal has backed the French Open over plans to enforce a stricter dress code at Roland Garros – plans that would see Serena Williams’ catsuit banned from the tournament.
The American returned to Grand Slam action in Paris earlier this year wearing the sleek black and red outfit but French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli insisted that her ensemble would not be ‘accepted’ in future tournaments.
‘I think we sometimes went too far,’ he told Tennis Magazine’s 500th edition.
‘The combination of Serena this year, for example, it will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.’
After Nadal’s first-round win over compatriot David Ferrer – who was forced to retire in the second set with a calf problem – the world No. 1 was quizzed on his thoughts over the tournament’s plans.
And Nadal sided with the event he’s won on 11 separate occasions, pointing to Wimbledon’s far stricter dress code in defence of the French Open.
‘I think that everybody is fair to do whatever works better for the tournament,’ he said.
‘I really believe when you have a tournament like Wimbledon that they do what they want. You cannot say to another event that they have to do another thing. That’s my opinion.
‘Why if Wimbledon have they own rules, why Roland Garros cannot have it?’
Williams – who defeated Magda Linette in straight sets in her first-round match – refused to comment on the French Open’s dress code plans, but did take time to discuss her eye-catching ‘tutu’ look at Flushing Meadows.
‘It’s easy to play in,’ the 23-time Grand Slam champion said. ‘Kind of aerodynamic with the one arm free.
‘It feels really good. Yeah, the tutu is easy to play in because I practised in it before. That was fun.’