Serena Williams paid tribute to considered one of her heroes throughout her first match of the Australian Open on Monday.
Dealing with off in opposition to Laura Siegemund, the previous world primary took to the courtroom sporting an asymmetrical black, pink and crimson Nike catsuit that was impressed by sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, whose 1988 Olympic trial information for the 100-metre and 200-metre dash nonetheless stand right this moment.
In addition to being recognized for her history-making athletic capability, Flo-Jo was additionally well-known for the brightly-colored and memorable outfits she’d put on (and design herself) whereas tearing across the monitor — Beyoncé recreated the iconic look below for Halloween in 2018.
Alongside setting these two world information in 1988, Griffith Joyner additionally received three gold medals for the 100-metre, 200-metre, and 4×100-metre occasions. When requested about her type in a 1992 interview, Griffith Joyner mentioned that trend had been part of her life since she was a younger little one.
“Observe and area is an exquisite sport, and I simply needed to usher in my character and the garments that I put on off the monitor, onto the monitor, simply to be myself” Griffith Joyner mentioned.
“I used to be impressed by Flo-Jo, who was a beautiful monitor athlete,” mentioned Williams in her post-match interview on Monday, earlier than including that she grew up watching Griffith Joyner run. “Watching her trend, simply all the time altering, her outfits had been all the time wonderful.”
The Flo-Jo-inspired outfit clearly labored for Williams, too — she ended up breezing by means of to the second spherical after beating her opponent in straight units.