Serena ready to 'blast off' in new outfit

Updated: January 13, 2005, 9:58 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Two days after being ranked No. 6 on Mr. Blackwell's annual worst-dressed list, tennis star Serena Williams unveiled her new line of lime green-and-white Nike tennis apparel Thursday.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams will play in her new outfit at the Australian Open.

Williams co-designed a three-in-one dress and knee-high boots to go with it. Watch for her new getup when Williams begins play at the Australian Open next week.

Williams, No. 7 in the world tennis rankings, modeled the outfit, stepping out of the dress to reveal what she'll be wearing at the Open: a top and shorts that are just "ideal" for practice.

Unconventional? "You bet!" she said.

Like the black knee-high warmup boots that made headlines at the last U.S. Open, the new and improved lime green-and-white knee-highs can be unzipped and removed between the warmup and a match.

"My legs take a little longer to warm up than the next opponent, so it's perfect for me, they'll keep me warm and then I'll be able to blast off," she said.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press