In addition to her unsurpassed tennis skills, Serena Williams is also known for making a statement on the court with her fashion. Today, two at the French Open on May 31, she did just that with cool neon green Nike sneakers that had sketches over them. The kicks paid tribute to his daughter, Olympia Ohanian, and contained the nickname that Lizzo invented in his song “Like a Girl”: Serena Willy.
But the shoes also had a strong statement when Williams played against Romanian player Irina-Camelia Begu. The supportive midsole on the left shoe said “Never stop fighting” in English and a similar statement in French on the right shoe: “Je ne m’arrêterai jamais”, which roughly translates to “I will never stop.”
Sneakers also had an illustration of the Eiffel Tower and a dog, presumably her Yorkie Chip; the word Queen, the phrase “come again”; and much more. Williams defeated Begu 7-6 (6), 6-2 in the tournament’s first night session ever and advanced to the second round of the French Open. Scroll through to see close-ups of the shoes and Williams in action.