The entire tennis world watched last night as Serena Williams hit the court at the 2022 US Open. After announcing her retirement in Vogue’s September 2022 issue, the tennis geared up for what could have been her final appearance in the Queens, NY-based tournament. And she did so in grand style.
Williams’ 2022 US Open outfit is not just any show-stopping on-court look, though she’s had plenty of those. It’s full of meaning and stands as a sartorial tribute to the extraordinary legacy she leaves behind.
To play her first match in the 2022 US Open, Serena Williams wore a black, sheer-paneled Nike dress covered in sparkles. The glittering look boasts a six-layer skirt (she removed 4 layers to play, as it was too hot) to honor her previous six US Open titles — and it’s a fitting ensemble as she strives for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.
Her tennies are just as glamorous. The designer chose Nike Court Flare 2 shoes, boasting 400 handset diamonds, her initials inscribed on the medial side, and an embellished swoosh. The crystal-studded outfit, which Williams co-designed, is a nod to the costumery traditionally worn by figure skaters. “Inspired by graceful competition dresses worn by figure skaters, the embellished bodice and the skirt place Serena in the spotlight and allow her freedom of movement,” Nike said in a statement.
Olympia Ohanian, known for making style statements all her own, matched her mom in a sparkly Nike outfit and a beaded hairstyle with special significance.
Keep scrolling to see both their looks ahead.