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Serena Williams’s On-Court Accessory Could Not Be More Appropriate

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Serena Williams may not be making her annual pilgrimage to SW19 to compete at Wimbledon this year, but that isn’t keeping her away from the court. The 23-time Grand Slam winner documented a trip to the practice court on her Instagram Stories on Monday (22 June) – and showed off a new accessory that could not be more fitting for the sporting icon.

The player, who is dressed in a neon Nike sports top and a visor in the clip, holds up a sparkling necklace that spells out the word “Inspire” to her camera, as the Aerosmith track “I don’t wanna miss a thing” plays in the background on the empty court. Given that she’s widely regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time, inspiring sounds about right.

Spectators laden down with strawberries and cream would usually be gathering on Henman Hill at this time of year to catch a glimpse of Williams in action on the big screen. But Wimbledon 2020, which had been due to kick off on 29 June, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Williams has been crowned the winner of Wimbledon no less than seven times, and her on-court outfits over the years have been nothing short of fabulous. She debuted two versions of a one-shoulder tutu dress – one jet black, the other lilac – from the Off-White x Nike “Queen” collection at the 2018 US Open, while a gladiator-inspired leather look that she wore at the 2004 tournament lives on in fans’ memories.

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Jewellery and accessories have always been key to Serena’s on-court style, so her latest motif bling comes as no surprise. Statement rings, hoop earrings and sparkling necklaces comprise her match day jewels, and an all-white outfit that she wore at Wimbledon in 2019 featured a Nike swoosh that had been bedazzled with 34 Swarovski crystals. Last year, she unveiled a jewellery collaboration with diamond manufacturer KP Sanghvi, an extension of her eponymous fashion line.

Earlier in quarantine, Williams became something of a TikTok star, with the help of a hit video edited to appear as though she is playing a game of tennis against herself. The player also gamely took part in the #tennisathome challenge. Anything to keep the practice up…