Venus Williams plays tennis in lingerie outfit & bare butt looking panties

Venus Williams French Open 2010

Venus Williams French Open 2010
Tennis phenom Venus Williams won her opening match at the French Open, but the talk was all about her outfit and not her game. Venus, 29, wore a “corset-style” lace tank with red piping paired with a tiny frilly skirt and nude-colored panties. The effect made her look like she was bare-assed and wearing lingerie on the court. Venus is a fashion designer and while she probably designs about as well as I play tennis, she surely knew what she was doing with that outfit. She told the LA Times that her outfit was “about illusion.”

Whistles and whispers circulated through the stands at Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday, a reaction brought about not by Venus Williams’ play at the French Open, but rather by her outfit.

With a lacy black overlay giving it the illusion of being see-through, and bright red trim on the bodice, Williams’ corset-like get-up made her look as if she were ready to perform in a 19th century Parisian cancan chorus line. Her game, a mix of power and nimbler-than-usual footwork on this day, was very 21st century, and befitting a star of the show.

The red clay of Roland Garros never has been Williams’ best stage — her seven Grand Slam titles all came at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open. At this year’s French Open, she is assured of at least one more performance, thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over former top-10 player Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in the first round.

Williams explained that her look was “about illusion,” which, she noted, is “a lot of my motif this year” when it comes to clothes design. She also said she might not wear that particular dress again on court. Then again, perhaps she will. She’s not sure. Either way, Williams comes to a tournament with eight to 10 outfits, just in case the victories keep coming.

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And she plans a lengthy stay in Paris this time around, perhaps capped by a title.

“I always — goes without saying — believe I can win,” said Williams, whose biggest hitches Sunday were eight double faults.

Williams lost in the third round at each of the last three French Opens and only once has been beyond the quarterfinals in 13 previous trips: She lost to younger sister Serena in the 2002 final.

There are others who will have some say in that, of course, including defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who also won in straight sets Sunday, and top-ranked Serena, whose first-round match is Monday.

Venus is back at No. 2 in the rankings for the first time since May 2003, and was not shy about saying she wants to bump her sister off the top spot.

“It feels good to be moving up the ranks. Obviously, when you get to 2, of course, the next dream is 1,” she said.

[From The LA Times via NY Daily News]

Venus will have to work harder on the court to beat her sister, Serena, currently ranked at number one. She’s already eclipsed Serena in the number of headlines for the year so that’s something. If you Google Venus Williams one of the recommended suggestions is “Venus Williams French Open Outfit.” All Serena Williams has is a wardrobe malfunction while in a bikini last December and the number one ranking. As for whether this is appropriate or not, USA Today has a poll up in which 43% of respondents say officials should have made her change before the match. I like a good outfit scandal and think that Venus and whoever had the authority to veto her outfit knew exactly what they were doing letting her go out like that.

Venus Williams French Open 2010

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Venus Williams French Open 2010


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  1. mel says:

    Her outfit is alittle trashy but its want she’s does on the court that counts and if she wins the French Open she’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

  2. fizXgirl314 says:

    Ok now I really regret clicking this link :-/

  3. Sarah says:

    She looks like a dude in bad drag. Outfit fail.

  4. Melanie says:

    This is tacky. If I were her opponent I would be staring at her thinking is she wearing panties?

  5. truthSF says:

    That is a lingerie!!

    She must’ve went to the “House Of Diarrhea” school of fashion along with Beowulf and her mother.

  6. Oi says:

    Didn’t she do this before? Was that her sister? Not the lingerie outfit, but the neutral colored shorts thing? Maybe its time for uniforms…like majority of the rest of the sports world.

  7. texasmom says:

    I don’t really care about her nude-colored panty-flashing, but I think this falls not into “tennis outfit” but “costume.” So, unless the other player was dressed as a sexy nurse or a gypsy wench, I have to say FAIL.

  8. bros says:

    its hilarious, who cares. i dont see why anyone makes such a big deal out of what she chooses to wear to a match. its tennis for gods sake. they dont all need to match because its an individual sport, like golf. (I know there are certain rules about what you can wear on the course and I am sure there are general rules for tennis as well). BFD.

  9. mhjmc says:

    ewwww .. dude looks like a dude!!!

  10. Melanie says:

    Bros~ I hope for her next match she wears some pasties and a sparkle thong. Oh, and stripper boots.

  11. Jeri says:

    O’yez, it was deliberate. A shame cuz no one cares about her tennis game when she’s playing a nudity game ( I know, illusion of nudity). Guess she got the reaction she wanted.

  12. Pleister says:

    Her body isn’t made for this kind of outfit

  13. Lem says:

    i am SERIOUSLY looking for the dress she wears in the tide commercial. I cannot find it. It is her brand. (eleVin?)
    yellow dress, very interesting front straps. I have been on the lookout for month.
    Bonus points for anyone who can actually find it for sale! Please fashionistas of CB, help a Lem out

  14. bros says:

    if she can still play in stripper boots, i dont give a crap.

  15. original kate says:

    she’s such a badass tennis player she can wear whatever she wants.

  16. Lem says:

    the nude panties are a tad much, maybe for date night not so much for a tennis match

  17. Brianna says:

    When you’re this good at your sport, you can wear whatever you want.

  18. Corina says:

    Lem I would ask, they can find anything!

  19. Juice in LA says:

    Wowza. So not appropriate for the sport- but I have to say, I am hoping that if she keeps this trashy costume trend up, then she opts for the pirate’s costume next… with an eyepatch of course.


  20. Risa says:

    she can wear whatever blows her dress up, I don’t watch tennis so I really could care less!

  21. Leticia says:

    I am embarrassed for her. desperate.

  22. sunspot says:

    I want to think her outfit is a comment on gender stereotypes. Remarks that “she doesn’t have the body for this” make me think it might be. She knows what she looks like. This woman is physically POWERFUL, and seeing her in this kind of getup is a bit unsettling to people. And that, if intentional, is awesome.

  23. Lem says:

    Corina: I don’t see a contact tab anywhere. I do see a ton of other schwa I need, lol

  24. flourpot says:

    Brilliant bit of self marketing on her part. Team Venus.

  25. freckles says:

    Wow… she looks like a drag queen. It’s like watching a linebacker in a bustier.

  26. kelbear says:

    I think the nude shorts are fine, but that outfit is not appropriate. What happened to the cute tennis outfits she used to wear?

  27. nnn says:

    This is ridiculous, embarrassing for a former student at fashion and trashy !

    It’s a lack of respect. She wouldn’t do it at Wimbledon (if they didn’t impose the white outfit) or in front of a royalty.

    I like Venus but let the entertainement/teasing outfit for the entertainement world or a sport exhibition and let sobriety to one of the most traditional sport.

    Tennis is a serious business and has his unamed dressing code like any other business. You don’t dress as you want when you are a financial analyst practicing corporate finance or in charge with a financial portfolio…whatever how good you are in your core business.

  28. Lisa says:

    The top two photos she apparently wearing different undies cuz they are black and showing her ass but the bottom two are clearly a nudecolor and boycut not showing her ass. Whatever I don’t like it. Just my opinion.

  29. Miranda Ann says:

    Venus is not a “fashion designer” she is an “interior designer” and has her own design firm. (At least she did have one a few years ago.) Serena is the “fashion designer” with a line of clothes and accessories on HSN. (I’ve never ordered anything but her stuff is kind of cute.)

    Venus wore that outfit at the Australian Open in January and it received the same reaction. I still think it’s ugly and inappropriate but the woman is too old to take my advice and her Mama doesn’t seem to care.

  30. Mistral says:

    She knows how to get press, I’ll give her that. It isn’t very cute, but she got the attention she wanted out of it.

  31. gg says:

    This girl, this outfit, the black lace and the sweaty flesh colored nylon shorts = FAIL

    Looks like a cheap drag queen.

  32. andrea says:

    seriously, nnn, if everything (esp sports outfits) is judged in terms of whether or not you’d wear it “in front of a royal”, we’re all screwed.

    fact: if this was a guy, it wouldn’t be an issue.

    she is loosening up and giving flair to a sport known as being kind of stodgy. and how does she not have the body for this outfit? she is a goddam professional athlete – she has a fantastic, *strong* body. so you can only wear “girly” outfits if you look like a stick or have giant fake boobs? we don’t bit*ch about men “showing too much” or whatever. im not saying you should show up to a job interview in booty shorts, but goddam, she is playing a sport, she’s completely covered, and everyone is calling her trash b/c the outfit is evocative of lingerie? bite my ass.

  33. Cinderella says:

    Just trying to throw off her opponent.

    Either way, that sweaty lace had to itch like hell.

  34. Lilias says:

    She’s playing tennis. If she’s comfortable playing games and winning in her outfits, I don’t see the problem. There are no set uniforms so why should she have to wear something boring when she can have fun and be a little risque?

  35. Tia C says:

    Gross. I don’t need to see her crotch sweat, TYVM.

  36. JustBe says:

    sunspot, I like your way of thinking.

    Venus and this outfit are challenging so many taboos and my feminist side.

    Since I know that she is in control of her career and wardrobe and she is one of the top athletes in the world, it feels like she’s challenging everybody’s way of thinking.

    Is she saying that she wants to be a top-line athlete and define her personal level of sexiness. Is she just trying to increase the level of media attention for the match? Was she just feeling sexy/feminine that day and decided to let her outfit show it? What if being in this lingerie-inspired number encouraged her mind for the game, encouraged her in thinking she’s in control of everything on that court?

  37. fizXgirl314 says:

    No where in feminist theory does it advise someone to show the world your cervix and crotch sweat :-/

  38. TG says:

    As long as you win you can do wear and say what you like.

  39. nnn says:


    Seriously i am tired of the gender card to belittle such a poor choice of exhibition witin your professional business.

    Firstly men and women are built differently and wether we like it or not certain things are worst on women because our body happen to be perceived as more sexualized than men(e.g. bare chest, bare butt, ect)

    This outfit is pure trash, disespectful towards the viewers and even as a woman and i still beleive that she would have never done it at Wimbledon where there are all the Royal and where many still beleive that it is the traditional sacred real tennis temple.

    Oh,and i beleive that if it was another no name player, the outrage will be even more prevalent among those who defend such an act becuse it’s Venus.

    Just because she is Venus doesn’t make it right to play a slam tournament watched by hundreds of millions people around the world in an oufit reminescence of pure lingerie.

  40. Catherine says:

    Damn, that girl knows how to rock a game. Who cares about the outfit.

  41. BlahBlah says:

    What a tacky joke, talk about disrespecting your opponent. Not even a hint of class, just embarrassing and disgraceful. She deserves a lengthy ban for demonstrating such poor sportsmanship.

  42. Miranda Ann says:

    nnn, Wimbledon isn’t until the end of next month. Let’s see what she wears there. The only “rule” at Wimbledon is that a player has to wear “predominately white.” There is no rule about the material of your outfit so I would guess it could be lace or rubber or snakeskin, as long as it’s white. So, let’s wait awhile before saying she “wouldn’t wear this outfit in front of royalty” because she hasn’t had the chance yet.

  43. sdcs says:

    Yes, she gets press/publicity, and also distracts her opponent during the game. win-win. er, meaning win for venus. and venus.

  44. dancingnancie81 says:

    ew. i can see her pootie sweat. no one needs that.

  45. tiki says:

    venus, dear. grow. the. hell. up.

  46. Spring says:

    Ew. Ew ew ew. Looks vile.

  47. Corina says:

    Lem, sorry bout that. You can email and request that they help you find it. I think they’re trying to encourage people to request their personal shopping assistance – I wrote in last week and they published my question with tons of suggestions within a couple days! Now if only I could afford all the stuff on there that I can’t live without…:)

  48. Larissa says:

    If anything she is ridiculizing the sport more than herself,a tennis court is no place for circus, attention whoring, trashy displays of desperation.

  49. Eileen Yover says:

    This looks ridiculous. It would be just as bad if a professional woman golfer wore something like this to a tournament. Totally unprofessional!

  50. andrea says:

    nnn, thank you for making my point. and *I* am tired of people freaking out over michelle obama showing her ARMS (???), condi rice wearing knee boots, or hillary clinton showing a speck of cleavage, etc. just because a female is in a power position does not mean she has to cover up her feminity or sexuality.

    the woman is playing a sport that regularly calls for booty shorts, short skirts and a tank top, which is exactly what she’s wearing. exploiting yourself as a sex object is trashy – venus is extremely committed and disciplined, does much for charity, is a good example for young female athletes, etc. – but she’s “trash” for wearing a freaking sexy-ish tennis outfit? please.

    Team Venus.

  51. Shawna says:

    Good for her to stir up some interest in tennis. I wouldn’t look particularly hot if I were in the middle of a match, either.

  52. Novaraen says:

    Not appropriate at all…good tennis player or no.

  53. nnn says:


    Wimbledon has an official dressing code unlike the other three slams. You cannot wear other outfit than the traditional white one and it has to be more traditionally conservative.

    Wimbledon is the older slam and is considered the classier one with a tradition to usually have one of those royalty at the final.


    Point is, i am not freaking out. I am just disgusted by this pulic dipslay of trashiness by a professional woman withing her core business at her highest representation of her job.

    The fact that hundreds of millions of people all over the world, including children and other aspiring sportwomen have to see her displaying her sport in that poor, degrading outfit makes it even more pathetic for her and for the sport. Next time she may just put a thong and voila.

    Team Put Your Professional Outfit For Your Professional job And Keep Your Lingerie For Your Bedroom Business.

  54. marie parrot says:

    WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? Tennis is a sport, not a pole dance. We watch Venus because she plays tennis well. Evidently she has no taste or decorum. If this is representative of her clothing line, she needs to concentrate on her game and leave designing to professionals who know when sleezy is appropriate. Her skin toned underwear and tennis dress were sleezy, cheezy and embarrassing. Shame on her for using such a fine sport for exhibition of her not so great body or design skills. She is an embarrassment to her gender, race and sport.

  55. Maybe it’s a tribute to France and the Moulin Rouge? People come to see the Williams sisters 1/2 for tennis skills and 1/2 for fashion. It didn’t disappoint.

  56. Sincerity says:

    @I Am Your People.

    I totally agree with you and Mel. As long as the officials who regulate these matches and the sport of tennis have not fined Venus Williams for her choice of apparel, what she wears is really not that relevant as long as she “takes care of business” on the court. Both Venus and her sister, Serena are fierce competitors who don’t fit into the more traditionally accepted mold of female tennis players. They weren’t reared in “preppy” country club circles and they like to experiment with fashion and there’s nothing wrong with that. Please, give me a break!

  57. grrrlgrace says:

    I don’t care if the officials allowed it or not…it’s still trashy. She looks absurd.

  58. canadianchick says:

    It was a good match,maybe she thought the French wouldn’t mind her racy number, the panties would’ve looked better in black, kind of reminds me a bit of a figure skating outfit. Not appropriate for Wimbledon, the Queen would send her the icy death stare and Prince Phillip would ogle and make an inappropriate joke about race.

  59. Boobie Clark says:

    It’s a very unsporting thing to do to her opponent, it’s a form of showboating and it’s very, very unprofessional, childish and tacky. It demonstrates that she’s a disrespectful person in general if she sees the sport where she’s earned her living as no more than a fashion show to use to draw attention to herself.

  60. Diva says:

    LOL… love it! And I think it’s hilarious that people here are authorities on what is “appropriate” in a sport where the people who decide such things didn’t deem the outfit INappropriate!

    There’s not a part of her that should be covered that isn’t. And you’ve got much better eyesight than me if you can see her cervix! lmao

  61. crash2GO2 says:

    I’m with Andrea on this. Would I have personally picked these fabrics for her to wear? No. But believe you me, CROTCH SWEAT HAPPENS when you are working hard. And it can be seen no matter what color booty shorts you are wearing, it just depends on the camera shots whether or not you can see it. Sorry to offend the delicate sensibilites here.

    What I see is a gloriously strong, fit woman (not the ‘traditional wafer with plastic boobs’) wearing sport clothing styled after ‘traditional’ lingerie.

    I like the juxtaposition.

    Oh yeah: I’m deeply offended by those who’s opinion it is that she shouldn’t wear is because she doesn’t have the ‘body type’ for it. Way to be stuck in the Victorian era with corsets, fainting and all that shit.

  62. Wresa says:

    “Team Put Your Professional Outfit For Your Professional job And Keep Your Lingerie For Your Bedroom Business.”

    Amen to that. To me the outfit is drawing attention to her looks and not her talent. There is a time and a place for everything, and this should have been worn to bed, not to work!

  63. bwah says:

    She looks like a tranny hooker.

  64. g says:

    The need for females to put themselves on display even when they lack sufficient ‘product’. Sad.

    More emphasis in the area of humanities/arts is desperately needed in many western societies.

  65. Daniel says:

    I think that tennis players should have regulations on what they wear, especially to televised or “official” events. All the way from the shoes they wear to makeup, etc. The only exception should be about hair, both on the head and facial. Other than that it should be regulated as to how much skin is showing, what colors or worn, etc. This is a sport people, not a music video.

  66. saintdevil says:

    No, it’s more about delusion – she actually she thinks she looks good.

  67. Lilias says:

    Daniel: How Puritan of you. Some sports also have cheerleaders, should they have regulations on what they wear to televised events? They will be on camera as well, influencing the soft brain tissue of the young children watching.

    Anyway, there is nothing wrong with tennis not having particular standards on what players wear. Most sports have regulations for attire for safety reasons-things that have nothing to do with wholesomeness or image. They are there to protect the players.

    Tennis is pretty much an individual sport-you may work with a partner at times but you are still physically on your own and you rarely come into any kind of physical contact with anyone else.

    The only reason why golf is so stolid and unforgiving in terms of attire is because golf clubs have dress codes.

    If the officials at a tournament don’t care, then why do you? Most of the “outraged” people here probably wouldn’t have been aware that she wore that if they hadn’t seen it here. Clearly it’s not important to the officials what the players wear as long as they are dressed to play so why is anyone outraged about this?

  68. Jag says:

    I thought that tennis was a family sport? Certainly, if the powers that be aren’t worried about losing viewers due to her basically wearing lingerie, then okay, but I don’t think that’s appropriate if children are watching.

    @ Lem ~ If Venus is on Twitter, or has a Facebook page, perhaps you could ask her directly?

  69. ViktoryGin says:

    Okay, this is per usual for the Williams sisters. They haven’t dressed conservatively for the tennis court in some time. I don’t understand why anyone is surprised.

    I’m not going to get into the politics of her outfit. It’s just trashy. Okay, so she wants to ruffle some feathers and express her creativity ;/, but does it have to be so appallingly cheap? This is just Fredericks of Hollywood Meets the Country Club. It’s not even cute. She was doing just fine with the leather onesies. Or was that her sister?

  70. hank says:

    looks OK to me, people are so prudish in America

  71. flourpot says:

    @Jag – re: Family sport. I understand where you’re coming from but don’t agree. Hockey is a family sport yet they’re constantly fighting. Baseball, spitting and swearing and sometimes fighting. Basketball – all 3. Football? Don’t even get me started! And what about all those risqué’ tattoo’s you can clearly see on almost every basketball player in the league. There are so many ways were you can define “family sport” but really, it’s up to the individual family. If my 5 yr old would say anything about this outfit, it would be … “ooh, she looks like a princess!” It’s all individual :)

  72. Eileen Yover says:

    I just think that if we allow this for women, what will men think? Should they start showing up in banana hammocks? Professional sports players in any gender or sport wear fabrics and cuts that help their game. The nude undies with sweat all over them make something she wants to be sexy-look gross and tacky. And who wants to be competing in sweaty lace?? Just sayin…..

  73. Jag says:

    @ flourpot ~ You make a good point there. Well said.

  74. RHONYC says:



    arthur ashe is rollin’ over in his grave right about now.

    lingerie-lookin’ ‘tennis dress’ & nude colored drawers?

    i mean i’ve always like the williams sisters, but she’s lookin’ like one of those trainwreck hoes who send in ‘sexy’ pics to with the dirty apartments in the background!

    i guess you can take the girl outta compton, but…

  75. denise says:

    That was just offensive, she should seriously be fined for that. Are’nt there kids in the audience?

  76. javy says:

    lmao these comments are hella funny!!!! WTF was she thinking!!!! does tennis turn her on that much!!!.. Damn.

  77. Jim says:

    If she were actually good looking or attractive I Wouldn’t Mind……

  78. Lem says:

    TY CORINA anxiously awaiting a response

  79. T-RAE says:

    Venus is proving that she does NOT have a penis.

  80. snobographer says:

    I like it. I think she should have made the underpants look like a lacy thong though, just to round out the look. But the whole thing is a clever idea and pretty funny.

  81. Marybeth says:

    She reminds me of Mariah Carey who wears clothing that does absolutely nothing to flatter her. I don’t know why people close to them don’t tell them the truth. I could care less about what she wants to wear for whatever reason (more people tuning to watch, sexy outfits to take the edge off her testosterone, daddy’s – ahem – little girl thing), but what bugs me is why can’t she wear something that she isn’t constantly yanking on after each move she makes? It’s like people who wear their hair hanging in their face and then constantly flick it back. Duh, ever hear of hairspray? So how about it Venus? Ever hear of a tape measure for correct measurements and elastic?

  82. Dr. Remulak says:

    She lost today, too bad she didn’t spend more time practicing instead of choosing silly outfits.

  83. B says:

    I would like to be able to watch a game of tennis without feeling like I’m looking at a naked ass.

    If the players don’t have any respect for themselves, that’s their choice, but please have some respect for the audience.

    I recognize cheap, and sleazy when I see it. It has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with rebellion and attention seeking. It’s immature and offensive.

  84. iç giyim says:

    maybe she thinks she is good but i dont think so! seems so bad

  85. Brooke says:

    Whoa! Slutty and silly. it’s not Halloween. I’m so glad I didn’t see her play in this in the French Open. I must have been busy that day. Phew!

    The panty sweat picture makes me want to barf. gross!

    Just proves money can’t buy you taste.

  86. Rude' says:

    To all those bloggers who say it’s ok to wear this kind of offfensive attire especially in front of kids because other sports figures do. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do.

  87. Haters_gonna _Hate says:

    shes entitled to wear whatever she wants i think that was a gutsy thing to do and I’m just loving her right now insecure women might feel uncomfortable watching her make a fashion statement on the court but that’s your problem not hers deal with it.