This week at the US Open, Serena William is debuting the Off-White x NIKE collaboration, which was created by designer of the moment, Virgil Abloh, in honour of the female tennis champ. Fittingly titled QUEEN, the new line incorporates Williams’ love of ballet onto a tennis dress canvas.

“With Serena, we have one of our generation’s most powerful, inspiring athletes as the muse,” says Abloh. “I was trying to embody her spirit and bring something compelling and fresh to tennis.”

Abloh’s tennis collection with Nike for Serena is the latest example of the growing overlap between streetwear and sports. Last year, Supreme and Lacoste launched their own collab, while Palace’s work with Adidas was a favourite at this year’s Wimbledon tournament.

The Grand-Slam legend, who returned to the court in June just months after delivering her daughter, is widely regarded as the best female tennis player of all time, and over her 16-year career has sported some of the fiercest on-court looks the game has seen. Most recently, she sparked controversy over her Nike catsuit at the French Open, which was banned due to perceived lack of respect to the sport.

To celebrate the highly-anticipated collection, which will be available to customers this fall, we’ve rounded up Serena’s winning looks while we wait for her next game when she is thought to unveil another athletic look by Abloh.

 

Nike Denim Skort & Embellished Top. Worn at the 2004 US Open.

 

Nike Blush Blazer and Mesh Dress. Worn at the 2014 Austrailian Open.

 

Nike Leopard Print Dress. Worn at 2014 US Open.

 

Nike Pink & White Set. Worn at the 2016 US Open.

 

Nike White Dress. Worn at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

 

Nike All-Red Look. Worn at the 2018 Western and Southern Open.

 

Nike Catsuit. Worn at the 2018 French Open.

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