Why Was Serena Williams Dressed in Black Tape at Wimbledon?

Serena Williams surprised her fans last week by winning her first Grand Slam in a year, but some people couldn’t help but notice anything peculiar about her appearance.

Williams, 40, competed in her first singles match at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

While the athlete with the most Grand Slam championships in history was defeated by no.115 Harmony Tan, many are still talking about the face tape she wore on her right cheek.

The black stickers appeared to be a protest against Wimbledon’s stringent all-white clothing rule, although they were most likely for medical reasons.

The tape, known as Kinesio tape (or the trade name KT Tape), is said to be helping Williams with her sinusitis.

“I’m a sinus sufferer,” the tennis star said in 2007. When you have sinusitis, it is difficult to play tennis or do anything else on a daily basis.

“There’s a lot of pressure, congestion, and soreness, and training for Grand Slams is difficult.”

According to the NHS website, sinuses are little empty regions behind your cheekbones and forehead that connect to the interior of your nose. Sinusitis can develop if they get infected.

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