Serena Williams had many French Open punters look twice in Paris on Tuesday. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

PARIS – A marvel on the tennis court, new mum Serena Williams is now sporting her own superhero outfit as she makes her return to Grand Slam tennis.

“I call it like my Wakanda-inspired catsuit. It’s really fun,” the American laughed, referencing the fictional sub-Saharan African nation that is home to superhero Black Panther in Marvel Comics.

“I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, queen from Wakanda maybe,” she said smiling, following her opening-round victory over Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open yesterday.

“I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”

Behind the jokes, there is also a more serious reason for the choice of skin-tight bodysuit.

Serena has spoken about health concerns over blood clots in the days after giving birth, and yesterday said: “Yeah, the catsuit, I had a lot of problems with my blood clots. So it is definitely got a little functionality to it.”