Local Varsity tennis team tries to pay it forward for Serena Williams

September 09, 2018 12:09 AM

Guilderland-"I was following Serena, when she was banned from her catsuit, decided instead to wear a tutu and kind of show how female athletes should not be scrutinized based on what they wear and instead athleticism said Guilderland Varsity tennis player Isabella Parker.

Tennis mega star Serena Williams is no stranger to breaking records or making headlines. After appearing in the French Open in a black catsuit in August, the outfit was barred from future matches in France. Williams responded saying her attire was part of her post partum recovery efforts and fans reacted. 

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"I think it means we shouldn't be judged on what we wear and we should have more freedom based on what we feel comfortable with" said Parker. 

That same idea prompted Guilderland Varsity tennis player Isabella Parker and her teammates to do something different.

"I thought if we wore tutu's we could stand up for her and all woman that play sports" said Guilderland Varsity tennis player Katrina Setchenkob.

The girls say it's on the court, in their tutu's where they feel the most empowered.

"I hope it will inspire girls that I play against to know that we all should look out for each other" said Parker.

Parents of the players say the school embraced their kids idea with open arms.

"Coach O'Brian actually wore a tutu herself yesterday, I think it says a lot, it speaks to a sense of a community and a hope for change" says Guilderland parent Blanca Parker.

The team says this isn't the end of the game for their tutu's, they hope to "play" them forward.

"We plan to donate the tutu's so they can get more use somewhere else, so other girls can wear and enjoy them too" said Parker.


Brooke Selby

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