Serena unveils stunning new tutu dress for US Open

Serena Williams will wear a one-armed tutu dress at the US Open – and she’s got two colour options for the tournament.

Nike and Williams have teamed up with designer Virgil Abloh to create the American superstar’s outfits for the final grand slam of the year.

It will be the six-time champion’s first appearance at her home major since 2016 following time off for the birth of her first child.

Williams, who thrashed Australia’s Daria Gavrilova at the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday, will wear a white dress during day matches and a black version at night.

Serena Williams has day and night options for the US Open. Pic: Nike

The bottom half of the dress is a stark contrast to Williams’ full-body catsuit from the recent French Open.

But it’s just as much of a statement for the 36-year-old.

“I have never worn a tutu,” Williams told Vogue.

“Every girl loves a tutu, or at least I do! It’s always been my dream to wear a tutu, and I can’t wait to wear it on court.”

The process behind the dresses took months, with Abloh working off a Williams mannequin as versions went back and forth between France and California.

“When I first tried on the dress, I felt very strong and feminine at the same time,” Williams said.

“It has all the really strong elements, from the leather to that really cool stretchy material.

“I felt so feminine in the tutu, which is probably my favorite part of it.

Serena Williams will bid for her seventh US Open title at Flushing Meadows. Pic: Getty

“It really embodies what I always say: that you can be strong and beautiful at the same time.”

At US$500 (AU$700), the dress doesn’t come cheap for those not named Serena Williams.

And while anyone who wants to buy it will have a tough colour choice to make, the next step for most fans will be discovering which dress she debuts first – daytime white or night-time black?

That’s up to US Open officials to decide.