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Thursday, 30 May, 2002, 15:22 GMT 16:22 UK
Serena shows her true colours
Serena Williams feet
Even Serena's shoes and socks were Cameroonian

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The Williams sisters are used to getting headlines for their outfits as well as for their tennis.

But at this years French Open, Serena Williams still managed to take everyone by surprise when she turned up on court wearing the colours of Cameroon's Indomitable Lions.

A sleeveless green skirt red shorts and yellow football socks are not what you generally expect to see at one of the tennis world's grand slam tournaments-even when the World Cup looms.

Serena had even asked to be able to wear her lucky number 26 on her back but the request was turned down by the organisers.

The new outfit which sparked a media frenzy was a brainwave of the number three seed's sponsors Puma, who are also the sponsors of the Cameroon national team.

As Serena is fond of sleeveless outfits they thought the controversial new strip would be perfect for her.

Williams said she was proud to be associated with what she termed "The best team in Africa."

Although she could not name any of Cameroon's stars, she did remember meeting some of the players at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and she said that the Cameroonians were known for "always fighting and being everybody's second team."

But although the Lions seem to have a new supporter in their quest to become the first African side to win the World Cup, she is nowhere near as fanatical as the many Cameroonian women who follow their national team.

When asked if she would be cheering the African Champions on in front of a television screen Williams' reply was distinctly non-commital: "If I am awake when they are playing...It might be a little early for me!"

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