Serena Williams's Hot Pink Bodysuit Explained

04/20/2011 at 01:00 PM ET

Serena Williams Pink Bodysuit ExplainedCourtesy Serena Williams

When Serena William posted a TwitPic of herself playing tennis in a hot pink bodysuit last week, she sent the fashion world into a frenzy. “Honestly, I just Tweeted a picture in the suit and I didn’t realize it would go that crazy,” she told PEOPLE Tuesday night at the Range Rover Evoque Event in N.Y.C. And while she finds the attention to be fairly amusing, the story behind the suit is a bit more serious. “After my hematoma, I have to wear something like a long bodysuit to keep my stomach warm,” she explained, adding the skintight suit helps for compression purposes. “My practices are really … interesting right now.” Williams, who was first sidelined from the tennis courts last year by a foot injury, then her health scare, said she hopes to return to the sport soon. But she wants the focus to be more on her form, and less on her infamous fashion. “I think I’m going to come back casual,” she shared. “I don’t want to shock too many people too much. I want it to be all about my tennis.” Off the court, her illness and injury have also affected her style: “I have to wear flats,” she said, not so happily. “Hopefully, in the summer I can wear heels. I am a girl that loves heels. I can’t wait.” Until then, Williams, who said she’s “on the up” and “feeling so much better,” is “counting her blessings” and planning her next practice outfit. When asked how long she’ll be wearing the bodysuit for, she cheekily replied, “As long as you guys want to see it.” –Jenisha Watts

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Rae on

I’m wishing Serena well. God Bless

A on

Can’t wait for her to come back. Wish her nothing but the best. Scary thought about all the recent health scares. Prayers that nothing else occurs. Love Serena!!!

GiGi on

Dear Serena,
If you want people to focus on your form/Tennis and not on your fashion, please stoppppp wearing those h.i.d·e·o.u.s clothes to the court. Please and Thank you

Maggie on

Medical reason… ok I can see that… but can’t you put a skirt over it? That’d be a bit more tasteful… but then again she rarely dresses tasteful anyway. But glad she is recovering and hope she comes back soon! She is excellent at what she does!

heather on

maggie, no one is making you look…

Bre on

A skirt over that? Are you serious? That would look horrible. Her medical condition was VERY serious.
Go Serena!

ellen on

WOW wee my favorite color too

Maggie on

Hey now! I really like her as an Athlete! And have followed her career for many many years! Her and her sister… I am in no way bashing her so y’all can just back off! Its just that Im sure there are other alternatives to what she can wear. And I know the magnatude of her medical condition. Believe me I know!!

Jan on

I wish the tennis world would go back to a dress code..tennis whites were so much more classy! now many look like they’re headed to a rock concert!

Mirame on

Serena, please take Rogi by the hand and the two of you walk into retirement forever. It’s time. Really.

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