Serena Williams Sends a Powerful Message With Custom Highlighter-Green French Open Sneakers

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In addition to her unmatched tennis skills, Serena Williams is also known to make a statement on the court with her fashion. For day two of the French Open on May 31, she did just that with cool neon-green custom Nike sneakers that had sketches all over them. The kicks paid tribute to her daughter, Olympia Ohanian, and featured the nickname Lizzo coined in her song “Like a Girl”: Serena Willy.

But the shoes also had a powerful statement as 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.”

The sneakers also had an illustration of the Eiffel Tower and a dog, presumably her Yorkie Chip; the word QUEEN, the phrase “come on”; and much more. Williams defeated Begu 7-6(6), 6-2 in the tournament’s first-ever night session and advanced to the second round of the French Open. Scroll through to see close-ups of the shoes and Williams in action.

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